February 21, 2011

The Ghost of Deficits Past

The frightful moan is heard every night after midnight throughout the White House.

Servants huddle, trembling, under their blankets; the sounds of clanking chains and screaming red ink banshees cause pale, shaken Secret Service agents to nervously check their weapons - they know that nothing they carry on their hip or under their shoulder can defeat the creature that roams these halls.

This ungodly din is the efforts of an ethereal being who seeks to remind a man of flesh and blood, a man who thinks himself superior to all American Presidents who walked the earth before him, that he ignores at peril of our national comity what others knew long before him.

Keep the effing unions out of government.

From Weasel Zippers:

Roosevelt’s reign certainly was the bright dawn of modern unionism. The legal and administrative paths that led to 35% of the nation’s workforce eventually unionizing by a mid-1950s peak were laid by Roosevelt.

But only for the private sector. Roosevelt openly opposed bargaining rights for government unions.

“The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service,” Roosevelt wrote in 1937 to the National Federation of Federal Employees. Yes, public workers may demand fair treatment, wrote Roosevelt. But, he wrote, “I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place” in the public sector. “A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government.”

And with his liberal bend if FDR says you're out of line, you're off the charts completely.


Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Public Unions should be outlawed!

Goodnight Vienna said...

Love it! Never a truer word spoken. Public employees are there to serve the people, not the other way round.

LL said...

You can fix the problem with public employee unions very easily...really.

Simply make it illegal for the unions to contribute directly or indirectly to the politicians who vote for the salaries of the people they represent.

Nobody is talking about that because the politicians have a ready source of cash from those unions.

The_Kid said...

People are sure lining up either side of this one. I'd say it remains a major election issue for a while.

Anyway, why do government workers need a union? Doesn't the government legislate workers rights ? And if a right Was violated, couldn't they class action sue ?

It's absurd and anytime these union members get visible they work to destroy their cause and their unions.

48 more states to go.

sig94 said...

LL - No doubt about it, the hellish relationship between public service unions and the democrats has to be broken.

So many unions have betrayed their members through corrupt practices. Remember Jimmy Hoffa? There are already many laws to regulate these kinds of criminal activities but under the dems, federal law enforcement is loath to pursue these abuses.

Nickie Goomba said...

This public employment unions issue may be the one to trigger anger in the liberal community by stirring envy among the poorer-paid.

Wetzy said...

Give me a public sector job please. I want to retire at 55.

sig94 said...

Nickie - I have a hat just like that one, in black. Almost didn't recognize you without the 'tashe.

sig94 said...

Wetzy - I was 45 years old, working midnights; I was chasing 19yoa black kids with guns through the streets and backyards. I retired at age 49 because I was getting older and slower and the kids were getting younger and faster.

Be careful what you ask for. There is a reason why police and fire have early outs.