February 21, 2011
As usual, the American press is totally misrepresenting events in Wisconsin, Ohio and beyond, where state Governors are finally taking appropriate action to address their state budget disasters before state bankruptcy is their only option.
The goal of these governors is to stop the federal government from driving them into bankruptcy via federal mandates, including the insane federal demand that public sector unions be saved at the expense of state insolvency.
To set the record straight, Wisconsin and Ohio labor protests are NOT for the purpose of protecting jobs or even reasonable pay and benefits for public sector employees. The protests are focused solely on saving public sector unions, without which, there is no Democrat Party.
That explains why state and federal Democrats worked to rally and bus union thugs to Wisconsin as Democrat legislators fled from the state and their duties as legislators in an effort to shut down public schools and state business. Wisconsin business and education is being held hostage by 14 Democrats on the run in Illinois. - And that’s why collective bargaining and union thuggery must end for government jobs.
It’s NOT about “fair employment”
According to 2009 reports from the I.R.S. and Department of Labor, our national median household income rests at $49,777 – which of course takes into consideration both single and two income households. Two income households have a median income of $61,265 while single income households have a median income of only $30,444.
In contrast, teachers have a much better deal with a national average teacher salary of over $85,000 per year, plus golden benefits that most American can’t buy for any amount of money.
“There is a persistent misconception that teachers are not well paid. But a recent survey by the BLS shows that you can earn a very respectable teacher salary. Below is a list of the average annual salaries for teachers in some of the top-paying states.” – (From All Education Report)
California – 128,930
• Texas – 102,630
• New York – 74,070
• Ohio – 52,060
• Pennsylvania – 46,770
• Illinois – $67,960
• Alaska – $67,640
• Connecticut – $65,790
• New Jersey – $65,420
• Rhode Island – $65, 050
• Massachusetts – $61,470
Basically, teachers are the highest paid people in pretty much any community. People can debate whether or not teachers should be the highest paid people in their community, but there can be no debate over the disastrous results of union tenure, collective thuggery and broken budgets that can no longer afford to be held hostage by labor unions.
Let’s be clear, teachers and other union members are fighting to keep households making $30k to $49k per year, paying union member 150-250% in higher wages and salaries, not counting their golden benefits that no other American has. They are desperate to keep their unions because without collective extortion rights, the 7% of American workers who belong to unions will be just like the other 93% of American workers, individuals with individual rights.
More than 60% of union workers
Private sector unions are almost gone in America, as union thugs forced U.S. manufacturing to move abroad in order to remain competitive in the retail market. As a result, over 60% of American union workers now hold government jobs or government contracts, ALL of them at direct expense to American taxpayers.
That’s why public sector unions are now the biggest political donors in America.
In fact, the single largest political donor in America today is the National Education Association. Right… the teachers union which is currently holding Wisconsin hostage. The NEA gave over $56 million in 2008 alone, 99% of it to Democrats at both the state and federal level. That’s why Democrats fled from Wisconsin. The NEA is their biggest political donor, without whom, they cannot survive.
Here’s who received that money… once again explaining why these same individuals will turn a state budget debate in Wisconsin into state-to-state civil war between union thugs and American taxpayers.
Under political “heavy hitters” we find the following groups…
Act Blue - The organization assists Democratic candidates and committees of all ideological persuasion, helping moderates and liberals alike. Through mid-2010, it has helped funnel more than $134 million -- and counting
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - made up of 3,500 local unions representing 1.4 million members who work in public service and health care.
All but ONE of the Top Twenty political juggernauts in America today are Democrat Party juggernauts, most of them labor unions, including the labor union for lawyers and judges and the labor union for the press and media in America.
There is simply no getting around the fact that the international socialist labor movement has a death grip on American politics, both at the federal and state level, even though they are the highest paid 7% of American workers today. The problem is that they are completely committed to extorting all they can from taxpayers, they will use thuggery to do it, including violence and they have a scorched earth belief system. If we won’t let them win, they will make sure that there is nothing for taxpayers to win by burning everything to the ground.
In their corner are public sector unions, lawyers and judges, communications workers (the press and media), the courts and international socialists, not to mention almost every Democrat in America.
On our side are the millions of taxpayers stuck with the tab, and a few good leaders like Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Dozens of nations around the globe have fiscally hit rock bottom over the last few years, as their government budgets and economies were destroyed by public sector union contracts and unfunded union pension funds forcing law makers to choose between saving their counties and propping up labor unions.
The Middle East is in total meltdown, led by international labor unions and socialist community organizers from here and Europe, with union thugs causing violence in the streets of numerous Arab nations, which will result in radical Islamic control of those fallen governments looking forward.
If governors want to save their states, they have NO CHOICE but to bust their public sector union contracts and the labor movement that has pushed nation after nation, state after state towards the financial abyss.
When the Air Traffic Controllers tried to extort excessive contracts from President Ronald Reagan by shutting down the air traffic industry in 1981, Reagan gave them fair warning and then fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and put those flights back in the air.
Governor Walker and others will soon have no choice but to do the same. Our states and taxpayers simply cannot be held hostage by socialist labor union thuggery.
End Union Bid Only Too
Thousands of good paying jobs were lost the minute Democrats took office in 2008, as Obama & Co. reinstated “union bid only contracting” putting thousands of non-union trucking companies and construction contractors out of business with the stroke of a pen, via one of his first Executive Orders.
Democrats policy of protecting only union workers, 7% of the work force, at the expense of non-union workers, contractors and taxpayers MUST END as well.
For America to compete in a free market, the labor market must be liberated from the death grip of international socialist labor unions and at this stage, for states to avoid insolvency and ultimately bankruptcy, they have no choice but to bust the public sector unions, end union bid only contracting with taxpayer revenue and eventually make every state a Right to Work state again.
The rights and interests of the people at large trump the selfish international socialist interests of labor unions and their bought and paid for Democrats.
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Union thugs and international socialists who make up today’s Democrat Party will likely make this a violent battle. But thuggery and extortion cannot be allowed to stand anymore in the land of the free and home of the brave.
State legislators must support these leaders by reasserting their state’s rights. They can follow Arizona Senator Lori Klein and her SB 1433 State Nullification Act. At least 28 states are working on nullifying unconstitutional federal abuses of power.
It’s time for the American people to stand with these leaders and put an end to the destruction of American freedom and liberty at the hands of international socialists and their labor unions.
It’s time to bust the unions!
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JB Williams is a business man, a husband, a father, and a writer. A no nonsense commentator on American politics, American history, and American philosophy. He is published nationwide and in many countries around the world. He is also a Founder of Freedom Force USA and a staunch conservative actively engaged in returning the power to the right people in America.
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