This article was first published by Pat Slattery of The Free Market Project on December 14, 2010.
Small Steps Toward Taking Down Pulic Employee Unions
I’ve been saying since the beginning of this blog that public employees unions should be outlawed. The bizarre scenario of our tax dollars going to pay unionized public employees, who then give a portion of our tax dollars to their unions, which then utilize those tax dollars to fund candidates and campaigns that elect the people who can set the salaries and benefits of the public employees, working to the tax payer’s detriment, is obscene. One would be hard pressed to figure out a more insidious method for driving a population into collective bankruptcy.
I don’t know that my outraged cries to make this an issue have been heard, but we’re now seeing other outraged people taking up the banner. John at Powerline posted his thoughts and the thoughts of Gov. Tim Pawlenty on this subject, “Class Conflict in the 21st Century“:
Karl Marx classified people according to their relationship to the means of production. That was, perhaps, a plausible approach in the 19th century. Nowadays, however, it makes more sense to classify people according to their relationship to the trillions of dollars that flow from the productive private sector to the parasitic public sector. One could argue, with a great deal more force than Marx was able to muster, that 21st century America has a ruling class. It consists of those who direct and profit from the trillions of dollars that our government, at its various levels, extracts from working Americans. The footsoldiers of today’s ruling class are the public employees who command ever-increasing salaries and benefits and who, through their unions, provide much of the money and many of the votes that keep our ruling class in power.
Why, exactly, do we have public employee unions? In most states, I believe they have only been legal since the 1960s or 1970s. One can argue that legalization of public sector unions has done more to deform our domestic politics than anything else that has happened during the past 50 years. I, for one, favor legislation returning public employee unions to the illegal status they have enjoyed through most of our history.
In the Wall Street Journal, Governor Tim Pawlenty argues that the moral case for unions does not apply to public employment…
Please check out Gov. Pawlenty’s argument.
A few of my posts on this subject are: