Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's For All the Marbles

They would lead you to believe that "their livelihood is being taken away." But what they're truly concerned with goes far beyond the realm the anti-SB5 crowd is willing to discuss. In the words of Barack Obama, "make no mistake," this is about the next election. The anti-SB5 crowd understands this concept but they aren't willing to say it, and for good reason, as it would never pass a referendum if they actually stayed on point, and openly discussed what this is all about. But if you beat down their logic long enough, you'll find that the true heart of their argument is the before mentioned agenda. If those of us who oppose the symbiotic relationship between the Democratic constituents and their union supporters, are not cognitively aware of this fact, then the Republicans and Tea Party's victory in November will be very short lived. They understand this and they have the momentum.  We need to pull out all of the stops, but above all else, we must keep this simple truth in the forefront of all our arguments, for it is the status quo of union extortion that has helped to get us exactly where we are now with the corrupt public sector voting practices via public unions and the democratic party.

This is for all the marbles. This is about the way in which the democrats buy votes through the protection of laws like Collective Bargaining. This is how the Great Community Organizer, Barack Obama utilizes the public sector by creating dependent public sector workers who guarantee the votes. If we don't take this as seriously as they are - no... I take that back. If we don't take this even more seriously than they are, then all good accomplished to date will be lost in the up coming election, and SB5 will not make it through referendum. 

There's no turning back now. We told our elected officials that we would stand behind them, and now we're less than three months into it and we're in the battle of our lives. Kasich believed us when we told him we had his back and so he left no door or window open to turn back from. We must fight to pass SB5 like our lives depend upon it, as certainly our economy, our Country, our children, and grand children's futures depends upon it. These are not selfless public sector workers we're battling here, these are selfish, what's in it for me union members making sure they protect what they believe is rightfully theirs.  

What are we up against in the fight for our children's future? We're going to battle commercials showing firemen saving children from a burning building.  We're going to battle commercials of police officers patrolling a crime infested neighborhood.  We're going to battle commercials showing teachers in the classroom teaching our children, and we're going to get commentary from each and every one of them that will demonize our Governor as well as the Tea Party.  If you're not aware how much they hate the Tea Party then you're living under a rock.  They would love nothing more than to see SB5 crash and burn, while they use the public sentiment to further trash and condemn the Tea Party. 

Our work is cut out for us.  We have a Governor that was elected by less than half of the popular vote.  We have an angry public sentimental favorite in the public sector workers consisting of Police, Firemen and school teachers, and everything is at stake.  EVERYTHING is at stake.   

This is our Country. We need to take it back. The blood of our Grand Fathers was shed for everything our Constitution stands for, and for what our forefathers envisioned. Need a boost of inspiration?  Visit the VA cemetery on the West side of town and take a look at the Crosses than adorn those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Many of the people protesting SB5 couldn't carry the water of any one of the men and women who died for our great country. Why?  Because they don't understand the concept of sacrifice for the greater good.  There's a huge disconnect between kicking in the door to save the life of someone in a burning home, and kicking out a union that threatens life as we know it through insurmountable debt, threatening the future of our grand children and ultimately this great country. They have a rather selective language barrier when it comes to protecting their short term. Our bottom line is we are broke.  What about broke don't they understand? Oh believe me, they understand.  The question is do we.  Do we really get what's at stake here? 

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Bargaining Chip

"It's Not About the Money."                                                                                        
Look at them.  All gathered around the hallowed halls of the State building, in their scarlet and gray. All well meaning selfless public sector workers, and loyal civil servants, rising against their oppressor.  They are the teachers who shape the minds of our children eight hours a day, five days per week, the proverbial "admirable profession."  They're the fire fighters, who kick in the door and protect our families during a time of unthinkable tragedy.  They're the police officer, who protects and serves our communities with no regard for themselves.  In fact it's that kind of selflessness and leadership by example that all of us hold in high esteem.  At first glance you're immediately outraged.  What are those evil bureaucrat's up to now, and what are they doing to our teachers? Why are those who serve so gallantly streaming to the halls of our Capital Building?    

Well.  Take a closer look.  They're not all there. Most of them are in the classroom, on the job, putting out fires and writing citations to keep us safe from those opposed to the rule of law.  Many of them are not even teachers.  Many are private sector union members from the United Auto Workers, and recruited College students.  In fact the bus leaves today, February 28, 2011 from the Cincinnati UAW Local 863 on Reading at 10:00 a.m. and returns home around 7:00 or 8:00 p.m.  This kind of "collective" out pour is happening all over the state, but we are led to believe that these are our selfless civil servants.  They are not.  They're the people that were defeated in November and they're pissed, not to mention running scared.

You may ask yourself.  Why are the Private Sector Unions getting involved in something that is a State issue?  After all, Collective Bargaining was never truly intended for the public sector, and there are federal laws in place regarding private sector unions. In fact, no less a progressive than Franklin Deleno Roosevelt himself said,
“The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service [because a] strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to obstruct the operations of government until their demands are satisfied. Such action looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it is unthinkable and intolerable.”  

Ya think? Collective Bargaining was never originally intended for the public sector as it is ultimately regulated by a representative constituency empowered by the people they represent.  But wait.  That can't be if there is a symbiotic relationship between the public sector unions and the democratic party.  Why that would be an imbalance of power wouldn't it?  Ah the devil is in the details. 

So what gives here?  Friends of mine who are teachers say, "hey, don't lump all of us into that crowd."  Many Catholic school teachers for example making far less than their public school teacher counterparts have little to no empathy for the crowd in Columbus. While still others in the public school system teach quietly and remain uninvolved.  And then there are the mouth pieces.  The megaphones.  The entitlement crowd.  "It's not about the money!"  Really?  The hell it isn't.  

Are we to believe that maintaining the collective bargaining chip is so that the State doesn't ask them to teach in schools without air conditioning?  Are we to believe that maintaining the collective bargaining chip is solely about making sure their working conditions don't revert back to the conditions of the textile mills of the 1920's?  When you boil right down to it, it really is about the money, and how did they acquire it? Through Collective Bargaining, and over time. The average salary of a public school teacher in our State's capital is around $30,000.00 per year plus benefits, and for a teacher with 20+ years, anywhere between $46,000.00 and $67,000.00 per year.  Both new and experienced teachers benefit from a benefits package estimated at approximately an additional $20,000.00 per year, of which they pay less than half what the average private sector employee pays into their own benefits packages. Did I mention the pension?  The one the State is trying to pay, because they're paying out more in pensions than they are currently taking in?  Teachers get 80% of their highest wage upon retirement, and ladies and gentlemen, unlike the 401K you just saw get flushed down the toilet?  Theirs is protected.  By what?  The democratic public sector union of coarse.  

Let's stay on point.  What does that have to do with this "Collective Bargaining" issue?  Collective Bargaining is how we got here.  It's the means in which good old fashioned payola has been doled out through years by extortion and political corruption.  The bargaining chip, not meant for the public sector has been a part of a symbiotic relationship between the democratic party and the public sector unions, and the public sector union advocates know it, and which is  "precisely why the reduction or outright elimination of collective bargaining rights for public workers lies at the heart of the present debate – and both sides know it.  For the Democrats and the unions, the goal is very simple: obstruct any real structural change, make only temporary concessions to garner sympathy by the viewing audience, wait for the political moment to pass and then go back to business as usual."      Well that sounds like it's about money to me?  Does that sound like it's about money to you?  

So what kind of change are they trying to obstruct here? How about fiscal responsibility?  How about allowing our elected officials, a chance to do the job they were elected to do. How about the obstruction of change that requires they actually pay closer to what the private sector pays, albeit they've agreed on that to garner sympathy so they can live to fight another day? Oh we've covered that. How about the kind of change that ultimately will help to protect their pensions to the extent that they, unlike many, will still have a retirement? What better security for their pension than a State that functions on its own through fiscal responsibility?  Why would anyone want to stop that?  Well boys and girls,  take a closer look into that crowd.  Who is there that doesn't belong?  Can you find Waldo?  Ever heard the phrase power and money go hand in hand?  Who else is threatened here riding the free bus from Cincinnati?  Even though they lost in November, they're not giving up the fight so they can maintain business as usual. The invisible man on the bus is a democrat. Well business as usual is why we're broke.  We simply can afford to play this game no longer. 

When asked recently why I thought John F. Kennedy signed an executive order granting the right of federal employees to collective bargaining, I could only reply,  "Ask not what your union can do for you?  Ask what you can do for your country."  It's time to dig in our heels for the sake of our children and our grand children.  The unions of today are a mockery of the unions of yesteryear.  When left to their own, the public and private sector unions and their democratic counterparts have proven their short sidedness has only led to the destruction of future business and further fiscal irresponsibility at both the public and private levels. We can't let them do it to our State.  Misery apparently loves company.  I'm not interested in their company. Are you?