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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Some perspective about why the left is so incensed about Wisconsin

Like Al Pacchino’s character Tony Montana told Manolo when discussing the ladies: First you get the money, then you get the power, and then.. well you know what I mean. Here are the golden nuggets we all should eb aware of:

Union treasuries - filled by dues paid by union members - not only fund programs benefiting union members and their families. The money they collect also pays six-figure compensation packages for labor leaders and provides millions of dollars for Democratic causes and candidates. The Center for Public Integrity found compensation for leaders of the 10 largest unions ranged from $173,000 at the United Auto Workers to $618,000 at the Laborers’ International Union of North America, and almost $480,000 for the president of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. The latter is the target of GOP governors in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kansas.

The union reports, filed with the Department of Labor, list compensation for all union employees and officers. Salaries make up the biggest portion, but other benefits can include tens of thousands of dollars for meal allowances, mileage allowances and entertainment. Health care and pension contributions are not specifically addressed. The reports show that assets of the various labor unions run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, and payrolls rival midsize companies. Among the Top 10 unions, dozens of top officials have salary-and-benefit packages that rank them among the top percentage of income-earners in the country.

“What’s very clear to union leaders is the huge threat this poses for the organizations they have built,” said John C. McAdams, political science professor at Marquette University in Wisconsin. The standoff began when Gov. Scott Walker proposed deep cuts in state workers’ benefits to help close a projected $3.5 billion deficit in the state budget. Although unions have said they would agree to cuts in health insurance and retirement plans, Walker is pushing to curtail bargaining rights and make it harder to organize workers and collect dues.

The union bosses and these demcorats don’t really give two shits about the membership short of the fact that they can free load from them. Seriously, Walker might be doing these union members a solid when he makes it possible for them to stop being ripped off to the tune of $1100 a year each by these goons and their donkey buddies. These crooks are in bed. The unions rip off the members, then buy the donkeys and the elctions that let the donkeys in turn shovel more money their way. At the expense of the rest of us, Seriously.

Gerald McEntee, president of the AFSCME, said Walker is retaliating for organized labor’s support of Democrats, in particular for the money given to his opponent in the 2010 election. In the 2010 elections in Wisconsin, AFSCME gave almost $83,888 to Democratic candidates. Half that amount went to the campaign of Tom Barrett, whose top 10 donors were unions. Barrett lost to Walker, who promised during the campaign to take on organized labor if elected.

“This is political payback, which does nothing to promote job growth or help the middle class,” McEntee said on The Huffington Post. “This is nothing less than union busting at its most transparent, designed to deny workers a voice in the workplace.” The membership of AFSCME, which evolved from a state employees union organized in Wisconsin in 1932, has grown by 25% over the last decade. McEntee, who has been president since 1981, says more than 145,000 government employees have joined AFSCME since 2006.

That’s a lot of loot these union bosses have managed to get with the help of the donkeys. Of course they are not going to give it up without a big fight. But unlike Tony Montana, these losers have no cajones and do not stand up and do the fighting: but instead used their stooges. The only fight the stooges had in them though was to run away. Bussed in goons, and MSM bullshit lies have not helped them out of their though spot. This shit is doomed and the longer it drags out the clearer it becomes to the people of Wisconsin, which see and foot the bill, that they are dealing with a bunch of petulant children. Public unions are a bad idea whose time to go away has come.

Posted by AlexinCT on 03/03/11 at 03:12 PM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Elections   Election 2010   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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