When even Jeffrey Goldberg thinks you are over the line…

by Datechguy | February 19th, 2011

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When even Jeffrey Goldberg thinks you are over the line...

.…odds are you are dig­ging it deep with the Nazi stuff

And Joe Klein is singing a sim­i­lar tune:

An elec­tion was held in Wis­con­sin last Novem­ber. The Repub­li­cans won. In a democ­racy, there are con­se­quences to elec­tions and no one, not even the pub­lic employ­ees unions, are exempt from that. There are no guar­an­tees that labor con­tracts, includ­ing con­tracts gov­ern­ing the most basic rights of unions, can’t be rene­go­ti­ated, or ter­mi­nated for that mat­ter. We hold elec­tions to decide those basic para­me­ters. And it seems to me that Gov­er­nor Scott Walker’s basic requests are mod­est ones – ask­ing pub­lic employ­ees to con­tribute more to their pen­sion and health care plans, though still far less than most pri­vate sec­tor employ­ees do. He is also try­ing to limit the unions’ abil­i­ties to nego­ti­ate work rules – and this is cru­cial when it comes to the more effi­cient oper­a­tion of gov­ern­ment in a dif­fi­cult time. When I cov­ered local gov­ern­ment in New York 30 years ago, the school jan­i­tors (then paid a robust $60,000 plus per year) had nego­ti­ated the “right” to mop the cafe­te­ria floors only once a week. And we all know about the near-​impossibility of get­ting crim­i­nal and morally ques­tion­able – to say noth­ing of less than com­pe­tent – teach­ers fired. The nego­ti­a­tion of such con­tracts were acts of col­lu­sion rather than of medi­a­tion. Gov­ern­ment offi­cials were, in effect, brib­ing their most activist constituents.

Mean­while John Fund con­firms some­thing I talked about a few days ago in his lat­est:

Labor his­to­rian Fred Siegel offers fur­ther rea­sons why unions are man­ning the bar­ri­cades. Mr. Walker would require that public-​employee unions be recer­ti­fied annu­ally by a major­ity vote of all their mem­bers, not merely by a major­ity of those that choose to cast bal­lots. In addi­tion, he would end the government’s prac­tice of auto­mat­i­cally deduct­ing union dues from employee pay­checks. For Wis­con­sin teach­ers, union dues total between $700 and $1,000 a year.

This is what this is all about, noth­ing else, that’s why the biggest guns in the demo­c­ra­tic party are fight­ing this fight. They know those dues will end up fund­ing their cam­paigns, if they lose this fight here it’s all over, the MSM will back them up like the Tay­lor machine from Mr. Smith goes to Wash­ing­ton, but they can hold it only so long.

Every day this keeps up they are just mak­ing the case of the GOP for 2012 nationwide.

….odds are you are digging it deep with the Nazi stuff

And Joe Klein is singing a similar tune:

An election was held in Wisconsin last November. The Republicans won. In a democracy, there are consequences to elections and no one, not even the public employees unions, are exempt from that. There are no guarantees that labor contracts, including contracts governing the most basic rights of unions, can’t be renegotiated, or terminated for that matter. We hold elections to decide those basic parameters. And it seems to me that Governor Scott Walker’s basic requests are modest ones–asking public employees to contribute more to their pension and health care plans, though still far less than most private sector employees do. He is also trying to limit the unions’ abilities to negotiate work rules–and this is crucial when it comes to the more efficient operation of government in a difficult time. When I covered local government in New York 30 years ago, the school janitors (then paid a robust $60,000 plus per year) had negotiated the “right” to mop the cafeteria floors only once a week. And we all know about the near-impossibility of getting criminal and morally questionable–to say nothing of less than competent–teachers fired. The negotiation of such contracts were acts of collusion rather than of mediation. Government officials were, in effect, bribing their most activist constituents.

Meanwhile John Fund confirms something I talked about a few days ago in his latest:

Labor historian Fred Siegel offers further reasons why unions are manning the barricades. Mr. Walker would require that public-employee unions be recertified annually by a majority vote of all their members, not merely by a majority of those that choose to cast ballots. In addition, he would end the government’s practice of automatically deducting union dues from employee paychecks. For Wisconsin teachers, union dues total between $700 and $1,000 a year.

This is what this is all about, nothing else, that’s why the biggest guns in the democratic party are fighting this fight. They know those dues will end up funding their campaigns, if they lose this fight here it’s all over, the MSM will back them up like the Taylor machine from Mr. Smith goes to Washington, but they can hold it only so long.

Every day this keeps up they are just making the case of the GOP for 2012 nationwide.

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