Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Providence Teachers to Bite the Dust

Don't take it from me. Take it from the online Providence, Rhode Island ProJo:
The school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms.
According to the story, this is apparently the mayor's attempt to get at least part of Providence's massive budget deficit under control. It's a complex story, actually, so it's well worth consulting the link.

More to the point, though, is the developing meme here which I think is about to spread like wildfire throughout the net. In Wisconsin, which is getting more publicity right now, pro-union demonstrators are likening Republican budget-cutters to Hitler, fascism, and Hosni Mubarek. In fact, it's the other way around. Public sector unions and their Democrat allies, whose elections the unions fund with taxpayer dollars, have been, like good old-fashioned Communists, "redistributing the wealth." 

Like the old Soviet apparatchiks, not to mention Mubarek, Qadaffi, and Iran's "religious" Islamofascists, the union-Democrat combine in the U.S. has slowly been bleeding the present and future dry for the average American. The press won't report this. But here's a trenchant comment from a commentator to the cited ProJo clip from "FORMERTEACHER":
THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG! Folks -- around the country -- are now realizing that for years unions and politicians had essentially an incestuous relationship from a monetary point of view. Politicians would do the bidding (encouraging union membership of government workers) in return for cash dollars for their campaigns, and promises of 'support' from the union.

The person ending up paying for this cozy relationship was YOU -- the TAXPAYER. Now, politicians are at a point where the pond is dry. States are going broke due to all of the promises made in the past. That is why there are BILLIONS in unfunded pensions, not to mention other perks. The politicians also know they cannot tax individuals into oblivion -- especially during dire economic times.

Do the unions care about increasing taxes? OF COURSE NOT. They will continue to get their cut (that you and I underwrite), but even more $$$$$$ if they can 'arm twist' more perks from the politicians...
And then, the money quote:
What are the real issues facing us today in Providence (and other states for that matter)? One word: POWER. Just remember, YOU AND I DID NOT ELECT THE UNION TO REPRESENT OUR INTEREST! 
Right answer. And it's echoed today in a totally different place, a "guest advisor" columnist in the publicly available section of my favorite financial technical analysis site, Decisionpoint. (Subscription required for full content.) In his "Market Intelligence Report" for February 22, Dr. Joe Duarte writes:
In the Middle East, ruling families and military governments have been in power for decades, and even centuries. In the U.S., public unions have negotiated lucrative contracts for their workers for decades. And while the situations are different in some ways, they are concretely similar because what's at stake in both places is who will actually foot the bill for the promises that have been made, and how will things look when the redistribution gets made.

This is what the mainstream media is missing. This isn't so much about ideology but about the central tenet in politics, who gets how much of what's available? 
Duarte's cautious conclusion:
The situations in Libya and Wisconsin are worlds apart, but share in one characteristic, they are about the distribution of wealth and power. Those who feel left out of the big time are trying to grab some for themselves, while those who have the upper hand are not letting it go.

One or the other side, in both places, will flinch. When that happens, there will be repercussions, in the streets, in the halls of power, and in the markets.
Both commentators are quite clear: This is it, folks, the final frontier. The middle class, which includes yours truly, has taken it in the ear for upwards of at least 50 years from not only the public sector unions and the increasingly socialist Democrat Party, but also from all the Wall Street fat cats who support DEMOCRATS, not Republicans (as the MSM would have you believe), shoveling millions of dollars to the Dems to craft unfair advantages for large businesses over small ones.

If we want to stop this, we may have to start doing something most good, family-oriented people have always flinched from doing. We may need to go out there ourselves and show the public union goons that the people are back in charge and simply aren't going to take it anymore.

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