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Big Nannies of the Year – Michelle Malkin – National Review Online.

When we have one too many government employees for getting the specified job done  they have nothing to do but push pencils and complain that their job responsibilities are too heavy and that they require an assistant.  This  continues and continues and continues until we now have our federal government made up of a million or more pencil pushers.  Requirements for any given job, especially at the top rank, is knowing the man who does the hiring or a person of higher rank than him.  Hell, you don’t even have to know how to say or spell the name of the  position you are going to fill someone will check the right box for you.  AND, you certainly needn’t concern yourself about the required functions of that position because they are unimportant as you have your own agenda.  This then is the nanny State.  The United States governments at all levels are crowded with these  creatures who know better what is best for the public than the public itself.  This article lists some really unbelievable Nannies,  the only thing is that the are real and they are functioning alive and well in real time for your and my benefit and good.  BB

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December 29, 2010 12:00 A.M.

Big Nannies of the Year
God save us from more busybody bipartisanship in 2011.

It was a nefarious year for nettlesome busybodies employed by the Nanny State. Here are the top power-grabbers of 2010 — those who just can’t leave us alone:

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg
Two feet of snow paralyzed trains, buses, snowplows, and emergency vehicles in the Big Apple this week. Perhaps if Bloomberg — the nation’s top self-appointed municipal food cop — spent more of his time on core government responsibilities instead of waging incessant war on taxpayers’ salt, soda, trans-fat, and sugar intakes, his battered bailiwick would have been better equipped to weather the storm.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
He proposed meddling mileage taxes, mused about a system to track drivers’ routes, lobbied for high-speed-rail boondoggles, and promoted a “livability initiative” to limit suburban growth and force suburb-dwellers into public transportation. Then America’s driving czar floated a plan to disable cell phones in automobiles. LaHood backed off that creepy crusade, but he is still intent on waging war against drivers who choose to use cell phones, entertainment systems, and GPS devices on the road. Just last week, the unstoppable control freak proposed a new rule banning truck and bus drivers from any use of cell phones while driving — including emergency calls on hands-free devices. His anti-car agenda is stuck in overdrive.The city of Cleveland (Cleveland by the way is one of those Rust Bel;t cities that is just about flat on it’s can with unemployment in double digits so naturally all the government can think to do is make it more difficult for the economy and their city to get up off of it knees.  BB)
The green police in this Midwestern metropolis made headlines in February with an intrusive plan to roll out snooping trash cans — “smart” rubbish bins bugged with electronic identification chips and bar codes to monitor residents’ recycling habits. Violators could be fined $100. Federal stimulus money has gone to fund a similar program in Dayton, Ohio. The technology originated in Germany, was adopted by eco-authoritarians in England (where at least 500,000 trash cans now have snitch chips embedded in them), and has spread across Europe. Welcome to the age of Bin Brother.

The city of San Francisco (Another  city now flat on its back and on life support in a state in the same morbid condition.  BB)
The board of supervisors recently took the “happy” out of McDonald’s Happy Meals by forbidding all restaurants to offer toys with children’s meals that exceed limits on calories, fat, salt, and sugar. Even the mayor of the People’s Republic of San Francisco opposes this latest food-control scheme. But the bossy City by the Bay continues to assault consumer freedom with bans on everything from plastic bags to pet sales to soda pop. This summer, Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order banning Coke, Pepsi, and Fanta Orange drinks from vending machines on city property. The decree dictates that “ample choices” of water, “soy milk, rice milk, and other similar dairy or non-dairy milk” must instead be offered. (Have you ever tasted soy milk? YUCK! BB  ) It’s not clear how vendors will be able to circumvent the city’s hostility toward plastic bottles. Maybe beverages will be served straight out of those noxiously trendy reusable cloth bags?

The architects of Obamacare
After ramming a trillion-dollar package of unconstitutional federal health mandates down our throats, they said children and seniors would be saved, we could keep our doctors, costs would go down, and the economy would get a boost. Reality: Premiums have continued to skyrocket. Insurers nationwide have dropped child-only plans in the individual market. Obamacare taxes forced the AARP to raise its members’ rates. Hospitals have stepped up layoffs and shutdowns. And millions of Americans have been able to keep their doctors and coverage only because their employers, unions, or health-care providers begged the feds for special waivers. Heckuva job, health bureaucrats.

First lady Michelle Obama and former governor Mike Huckabee
Mrs. Obama first played the childhood-obesity card in September 2009, as a rationale for using her office to crusade for taxpayer subsidies for the Olympics bid of her hometown, Chicago. Her argument: Kids would stay fat, lazy, and uninspired if the Daley machine didn’t get its share of massive sports corporate welfare. Next came Mrs. O’s push for the $5 billion expansion of federal child-nutrition programs. As I first reported in February 2010, the legislation was a pet project of the Service Employees International Union, which seeks to swell the ranks of dawn-to-dusk year-round public-school food-service workers, who organize under the progressive activist slogan “serving justice and serving lunch.” In addition to school breakfasts and lunches, the kiddie-food patrol is now pushing subsidized dinners and summer food service to create a “stronger nutrition safety net.” 

Nanny State Republican Mike Huckabee, who used his bully pulpit as Arkansas governor to campaign for Big Government–endorsed “healthier living” in public schools and private life, naturally sided with Mrs. Obama — and took a swipe at Sarah Palin last week for criticizing the White House’s usurpation of parental responsibility and rights. Huckabee scoffed at the idea that the feds are “trying to force the government’s desires on people.” But school bake sales are already under siege, and Mrs. Obama’s childhood-obesity task force has already called for new and dramatic controls on the marketing of unhealthy foods. Did Huckabee miss (or does he agree with) Mrs. Obama’s officious rallying cry on child nutrition: “We can’t just leave it up to parents”? God save us from more busybody bipartisanship in 2011.

— Michelle Malkin is the author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies. © 2010 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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Richard Trumka, President of the CIO-AFL  (national unions) is a frequent visitor to Obama’s White House.  He is an evil man and spawn  of the Thugocracy.   He is a man we must watch very carefully.  I am posting some videos to let you see him in his own words.  The first one is his denial of the meaning of the elections.  Listen to how he twists and turns this.  He is better than Pelosi!

Listen to all of them, especially  the last three.   I have been trying to keep you informed about what the unions are doing and demanding from tax payers.  The  CIO-AFL is the  largest union in our country because it incorporates  many smaller unions and takes dues from all of the members of these smaller unions.  Remember the government workers unions are the fastest growing and they are members of the CIO-AFL thus giving Trumka a great deal of power.   This man by representing government workers unions is gaining power over the tax payer.  He is taking over the government thru these government employee unions and by calling a strike he can shut down any part of or all of the governments: federal, state, county, city.  BB

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» Is America Becoming A House of Cards? – Big Government.

This is a very good article from Big Government  (of course most of them are so if you don’t subscribe to Big Government you certainly should).   I am posting this one in it’s entirety (with my comments natch!)  because it is a good reminder of where we are now, how we got here and our possible future.  That future is very very close to happening.  All it will take is China and the other lenders, or I should say “supporters of  America’s outrageous spending, to stop buying our Treasury Notes.  China is the biggest and all they have to say is “No more!”.    I haven’t read anywhere that they have done so as yet, but I have read hints  and rumors that the China is very upset with our out of control government spending.

I am sure most of you have seen the latest Americans for Prosperity ad   showing a Chinese teacher telling his students that Americans now work for them.  This is so true!  I believe it is impossible to buy anything that isn’t made in China.    I have always bought American when I could get what I wanted and the quality I wanted.  I was willing to pay more for the product, but it has become next to impossible to find the Made in America label.  So the  ad certainly is correct because we are working for them now.

The following article reminds us again why we are a House of Cards, or soon will be.  BB

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Is America Becoming A House of Cards?

by Of Thee I Sing 1776

House of Cards: – “a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control,” (WordNet – Princeton University). While we don’t believe America has, by any stretch of the imagination, yet become a house of cards, we do strongly believe the federal government and state and local governments have been, for a long time, pursuing policies that fit that definition to a tee.  And, according to last week’s Rasmussen Poll, two thirds of Americans described as likely voters sense that something is very wrong and, what is worse, could, if triggered by any surprise world event, spin out of control.

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They are very worried about the course we are on, and, we believe, with good reason. Notwithstanding President Obama’s lament last week that the public has become disenchanted with the Administration and the Democratic Congress because “we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” we believe the people are thinking quite clearly because they know there is really something about which to be scared.   ( Americans are too stupid to understand all that The One has done for them!  That’s why they voted for all those Republicans and not because Americans actually do understand very well what Obama and the Democrats have done to our nation.    He still doesn’t get it.  He isn’t faking and neither is he in denial because to be in denial a person really does see the truth but is trying not to.  Obama actually believes what he is saying and that he has given Americans so much good and they just don’t understand and appreciate his efforts .  BB)

We don’t want to dismiss all that is positive about our economy.  As Fed Chairman Bernanke testified before the U.S. House Committee on the Budget on June 9. “Our economy is large, diversified, and flexible; our financial markets are deep and liquid;” and, as Bernanke correctly points out, in the midst of financial turmoil, global investors have continued to view Treasury securities as a safe haven…at least, so far.   But we wouldn’t break out the champagne just yet.  And we’re willing to bet Chairman Bernanke doesn’t see much about which to celebrate either.

He ended his testimony with the warning (certain to be ignored, at least by the current Congress) “that history makes clear that failure to achieve fiscal responsibility will, over time, sap the nation’s economic vitality, reduce our living standards, and greatly increase the risk of economic and financial instability.”  (IN his latest reports to the Congress he has tried again to make this fact understood.  But with the Senate in Dems control and Obama’s veto there is much the House can do but refuse to pass spending bills for Obama’s programs.  there is only one problem with that strategy:  These programs have been scattered thru out the government in many agencies  so they will get funding no matter what the Congress tries to do.  The only thing that will stop these programs is complete repeal of the bills creating them.  BB)

As we noted in last week’s essay, “unsustainable” seems to be the new buzzword in Washington.  What the government is, and has been, doing is clearly unsustainable. Chairman Bernanke knows it, and we believe the Congressional Budget Office and the vast majority of the American public knows it as well.  (I am so tired of hearing Congressmen and Obama use the word “unsustainable” and then go out and pass a bill spending more money that must be borrowed from other nations.  BB)

The White House projections for economic growth upon which estimates of future deficits and public debt are predicated are optimistic to the point of wishful thinking.  The Administration assumes five consecutive years of annual GDP growth in excess of 3.5 percent beginning this fiscal year (which began one month ago).  That is beyond a very bullish  near term expectation of economic growth, and its authors, who have access to statistics of past economic results, must know the premises to be false. Projections of that kind from any public corporation in the private sector would trigger SEC scrutiny (assuming the SEC was doing its job) to make sure the private company warned the public as soon as it had knowledge that its projections could not be achieved. Very stiff penalties would await the private firm that made irresponsible projections that it could not achieve.

Consider the consequences.  Each 1.0 percent shortfall in GDP growth compared to these assumptions results in a substantial further deterioration in the national deficit and, therefore, the national debt as well.  With the government currently borrowing approximately 40 cents of every dollar it is currently spending, any further escalation of our deficit and, hence, our public debt portends a very rocky future, one that all but guarantees that our children and grandchildren will not fare as well as their parents – a first in American history.

The American public cannot take much comfort from the Administration’s projections for inflation either.  The government’s projections of future deficits and public debt are, of course, dependent on the actual rate of economic growth as well as the actual rate of inflation The concern looking forward is compounded when considering the White House projections for inflation together with their projections for GDP growth.  Not only does the nation have to achieve GDP growth in excess of 3.5 percent for the next five years, but also, if the Administration’s forecast is to be achieved, we have to hold inflation below 2.1 percent every year for the next decade.  That is a very tall order, not achieved in any recent 10-year period, and especially so with an Administration and a Democratic controlled Congress that shows virtually no restraint in spending.

If these projections are achieved America will be able to breathe a sigh of relief.  If, however, they prove to be as fanciful as on their face they appear, then the economy the country is building for posterity may well prove to be a house of cards.

Government, at all levels, but unfortunately not the American economy, has been on an incredible growth spurt. In recent years, it is government that has been growing at an unprecedented and an unsustainable pace.  The public sector has been, at all levels, growing impressively (well, maybe not so impressively, but certainly rather spectacularly).  Public payrolls have grown, as have public health-care and retirement benefits all of which, in the final analysis, are paid for with the taxes paid by private sector wage earners whose jobs have been dwindling, as have their benefits.  (This is due to the unionization of public employees.  The teachers unions, the transportation workers unions, the garbage collectors unions  and all the others have We the people over a barrel.  they get what they want or else they shut the services the government privates down.  The average public employees salary is $70,000 a year as compared to us Joe’s working our buns off in privately owned businesses who average $45,000 a year.  And that doesn’t include the generous  benefits like premier healthcare, vacations and days off with pay and a whole range of goodies.  BB)

Public sector health benefits frequently require little or no deductible and little or no co-pay and public sector retirement benefits are often predicated on the highest salary earned (usually the salary earned during the last working year or two prior to retirement).  To justify these lavish tax-funded benefits, the public sector pension programs are invariably based on economic assumptions or investment returns that are just as unrealistically optimistic as the Administration’s budget and inflation assumptions.   The liabilities incurred by the cities and states whose employees are the beneficiaries of this largesse are generally cast in concrete. The growth assumptions for investment earnings, of course, are not.  They are, to borrow from the house-of-cards definition, truly a speculative scheme that depends entirely on factors the planners cannot control.  For example, these pension funds typically are predicated on long-term investment growth of 8 percent.  Typical bond yields are, today, around 2 percent and, according to Bill Gross of PIMCO, one of the largest and most successful fixed income fund managers, public sector pension programs are typically weighted 60 percent toward equities and 40 percent toward bonds or fixed-income investments.  These bond yields require a long-term return on equities of around 12 percent for these pension plans to meet their projections.  Unfortunately, the current yield of the S&P 500 (the broadest equity index) is barely 2 percent.  Dividends would have to grow, according to Gross, by 9-10% a year to hit that target.  And, to make matters worse, the further the government succeeds in pushing down bond yields, even more unrealistic return assumptions from equities are required.  These kinds of returns bear no basis to reality, and yet public officials use them in order to justify the benefit packages they give to their friends in the public sector unions.  That is why public sector benefit and pension plans are the major contributors to the red ink in which state and municipal governments are drowning…red ink estimated to now be running about $3 trillion.  These plans are, in fact, built on a house of cards.

We have another structural problem that raises the specter of a future built on a house of cards.  As we blithely continue with our statist European-model entitlement policies we will require a strong ratio of new tax-paying workers entering the work force to balance out the aging workers who are exiting the work force and retiring. We are now entering a cycle where, for the next decade or so, nearly 80 million baby boomers will begin retiring and collecting their social security checks and calling on the health-care establishment to care for them under Medicare, a program already facing future insolvency and under further strain as a result of Obamacare.  While America enjoys, relative to our European trading partners, a larger 18-to-38 year old population, the positive infusion of young workers into our system is largely driven by prior immigration into the United States.

Our indigenous (non-immigrant) birth rate is about the same as the weak birth rates found in virtually all industrialized European countries today and America, in reaction to the huge illegal immigration problem we have and which successive. Administrations have refused to address, is in danger of becoming an anti-immigration country. Nothing could be more self-defeating.  Without the population growth provided by legal immigration, the imbalance of aging, retired Americans compared to young workers who are required to support them will produce a crisis from which there may be no escape.

The current American birth rate without the larger families produced by new arrivals in the United States will not support the entitlements we owe to senior America. And without a steady stream of new, taxpaying workers offsetting the ever-growing steady stream of retiring workers, our economy could sag, if not collapse, of its own weight.

We began by stating that we do not believe that the American economy is built on a house of cards…not yet anyway.  But our economy (in fact any country’s economy) is always a work in progress; it is being built every day.  The decisions we make today will, indeed, determine whether what we are building is a future with a strong foundation, or, is instead, a future built on a house of cards.

by Hal Gershowitz and Stephen Porter

Obama didn’t get it and he continued today in his little unrepentant mea culpa speech  he continued to blame Bush, the Party of No Republicans and We the People.  Heaven forbid he see the huge national finger pointing at him.   Obama has made me ill for a long time now but today i really and truly gagged while listening to him.

The union members, CIO-AFL and SEIU Service Employees International Unions which covers most government employees, were  scared or threatened by their  leaders into electing the Democrats in New York, California and Nevada.   They were afraid of the Republicans pulling a Christie on them and cutting their pensions, pay and health care benefits.  The fact that these  union perks for the government employees in New York and California are bankrupting the states.So these two states that are on the cliff and falling into bankruptcy will be coming to the rest of the country for their bail out.  I can only hope the Republicans in the House stick to what We the people have told them and allows these two states to fall on their Democratic Asses.   Then they will have to cut their spending regardless of how many union members have to give up the million dollar pension plans.

As far as Nevada and our dear old  Senator  Harry Reid,  the union members in the casinos were bussed to the polling places to vote for Harry.  He promised them  the Card check which there is no way in Hell he will get thru this House.   BB

I am third  generation in America  as my grandparents came from Russia in 1910 so I am very close to the immigrant problems and the problems of immigrants.  My grandparents however were legal immigrants and that makes all the difference.   I have said however that if I lived in a country as poor as Mexico and just by walking across a shallow river I could get a job making a decent living for my family then I damned well would.  That said I do think we need to get a handle on the problem and that MUST begin by closing our borders.  Second we must deal with the illegal immigrants who are already here in a reasonable way.  This is why I was hesitant to present this information emailed to me.  Then I remembered that I have promised to present the news I felt my readers should know  and we all as Americans should understand the cost to America of  continuing  as we have been with the problem on our borders which are getting much worse as Mexico falls into a more violent  country.  BB

Here from an email:

You think the war in  Iraq was costing us too much?  Read this:

We have been hammered with the propaganda that it was the  Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.
I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.
I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them.  I also have included the URL’s for verification of all the following facts…

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state
governments.

Verify at:
http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8

2.  $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens. Verify at:
http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt..0.HTML

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. Verify at:
http://transcripts.cnn.com/%20TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

7.  30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.CNN.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML
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8.  $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.HTML

9.  $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSC%20RI%20PTS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

10.  The illegal aliens in the United States  have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens.  In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn..com/TRANscriptS/0606/12/ldt..01.HTML
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11.  During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries.. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the US  from the Southern border.

Verify at: Homeland Security Report:

12.  The National policy Institute estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.

Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute..org/PDF/deportation.PDF

13.  In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.

Verify at: http://www/..rense.com/general75/niht.htm
<http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm%3E;

14.The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants  in the    United States .

Verify at:  http: // www.drdsk.com/articleshtml <http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml%3E;
http://ww/%20w.drdsk.com/articleshtml <http://20w.drdsk.com/articleshtml%3E;

The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AND IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY; IT IS $338,300,000,000.00.

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I would like to add one more thing for which I am not going to add a reference because there are just too many references  from Andy Stern and SEIU Service Employees  International  Union videos.   This union accepts for membership anyone regardless of legality.  Remember this fact when you are watching the  big rally sponsored by these unions and communist and socialists organizations in Washington this Saturday.   SEIU’s head thug stated that they are sending 500 buss loads to the rally.  When asked if they all volunteered to go to the rally he stated that they “were required to go but they also wanted to go”.    Yeh, you bet.   So the upshot is that you will see a great many illegals at the rally who may or may not have wanted to attend.  All SEIU members who pay dues for the Head Thugs to use for politics and getting their socialists agenda thru.  BB

Morning Bell: Labor Day Has Become Government Day | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News..

Government workers are more and more members of unions and are shaking the tax payers down.

Blackmail is the name of the game:  You give us more or we shut off your water or fail to deliver you mail causing you to be late on payments due.  Or we shut down your schools and sent all the students home for working families to have to make other arrangements for child care.  the list of things the unions can do to get their way is endless when the unions control our governments which provided needed services.

Should Government employees be allowed to join unions?  There was a time when the job security these jobs offered was considered adequate compensation for not allowing union and bargaining for wages and benefits.

I heard on FOXNEWS  today that just two unions are giving  are giving a total of $90 Million to Democrats for this election alone.  Democrats because of this money extorted from workers in the guise of union dues  is being used to  enhance the campaign funds of politicians they feel will give them even more of a hold over the tax payer.

And don’t be fooled by the fact that this election the Democrats are getting the unions dollars because may Republicans in the past have been buddies with the union also.  Watch carefully who you vote for and get his/her promise to reduce the power of unions in our public sector (government employees).BB

This Labor Day marks a milestone in the history of the U.S. union movement. It is the first Labor Day on which a majority of union members in United States work for the government. In January the Department of Labor reported that union membership in government has overtaken that in the private sector. Three times as many union members work in the Post Office as in the entire domestic auto industry. The face of the union movement is not a worker on the assembly line but a clerk at the DMV.

This is a dramatic shift for the union movement. The early trade unionists did not believe that unions had a place in government. They believed the purpose of unions was to redistribute business profits from owners to workers and the government makes no profits. Not until the 1960s did unionizing government employees become widespread. Now government employees make up 52 percent of all union members.

So what? Why should Americans care if unions are now dominated by workers who get their paychecks from governments, instead of workers who get their paychecks from private firms? There’s one simple reason: private firms face competition; governments don’t.

Collective bargaining, the anti-trust exemption at the heart the labor movement’s power, was created to help workers seize their “fair share” of business profits. But if a union ends up extracting a contract from a private firm that eats up too much of the profits, then that firm will be unable to reinvest those resources and will lose out to competitors. But when a union extracts a generous contract from a government, there is no check on that spending. Instead of being forced out by more efficient competitors, the government just raises taxes.

The shift from private to public sector has fundamentally changed organized labor’s priorities. Unions used to support policies that would help their private sector employers grow. But now that they are largely dependent on the government, the only growth that unions are interested in is the growth of government. So unions push for tax increases across the country. Consider recent union activism:

Government unions are the backbone of the Obama dependency economy. Taxpayers should not have to subsidize union campaigns, much less those that call for tax increases. At the very least Congress should end the automatic payroll deduction of union dues.

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How Activists Can Install Reformers on Corporate Boards – Newsweek.

I hope my readers read this whole article and think clearly about what it this new ruling by SEC.  I believe it is a move in the right direction to give shareholders some say in the companies they are invested in.   Boards are made up of very friendly CEO’s of other companies in most cases.  They serve on each others Boards and this allows for the unholy salaries and perks the CEO’s receive.    They feather each others nests regardless of how bad the CEO’s are running the company.

It is true that the unions now have an opening to a seat on the Boards.  But so do you.  The issue of the unions is another matter that our government MUST address.  Federal and all other government employees should not be permitted to  join any national unions.  They can have local groups but no large national organization which would give them  unlimited power over the tax payer.

The new rule allows shareholders to field their own candidates for corporate boards and place them on the same ballot as management’s picks. Sought by advocates of corporate accountability for more than 30 years,

Government workers  have the benefit of always having a job regardless of the economy.  There are few or no lay offs.  this should be considered when wages and salaries and benefits are considered.  However over the years government workers wages and benefits out paced the tax payers who support them.  The Average government worker receives $70,000 in wages and approximately $120,000 in benefits and retirement.   The average tax payer like you and me receives $45,000 in wages and  $75,000 in benefits.  Now government workers are allowed to join national unions and demand anything they want from us.  They can actually shut down governments  and all government services.  They have the public in a choke hold people!  We need to do something about this situation of unions.  We should not spend our efforts on this new SEC ruling! BB


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