Been busy lately. Lots of things going on in the world. Ezra Klein had a piece about what is going on in Wisconsin but what struck me was this comment:
I’m not sold on collective bargaining rights for government workers. Their material gain comes from a rather captive taxpayer base and mandatory dues collected from members fund the campaigns of those who would be agreeable to legislate for even more gain. In essence it becomes a self-perpetuating cash generating machine. Enough!
Posted by: slim21 | February 18, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse
I’ve heard this before. It always makes me wonder how someone can get so agitated about this when talking about unions and public employees and not get worked up about the exact same thing happening in the corporate world? American politicians on both sides are bought and paid for by corporate interests and the rich and they have spent the last 30 years getting everything they wanted, making themselves richer and richer and the rest of America poorer and poorer. Yet, what gets this guy agitated is some public school teacher being able to collectively lobby the government for a living wage, health care and being able to retire without becoming homeless. Meanwhile, the rich are raiding the coffers and collapsing the system for their own gain and no one seems to care.