Conservative Policies: Unions VS. The Taxpayers

If you stop and think about it, what is the founding ideal behind unions? It is that the worker is powerless against the “greedy” corporate “fat cat” that takes the fruit of the worker’s labor and does not properly pay for it. Then ask yourself how this ideal fits into the public employment sector.
There is no corporate fat cat in the public employees scenario. Those folks that work for the government are paid by us! And we are by a factor of 92.6% to 7.4% NOT represented by unions in our places of employment! For the most part we do not have company paid pensions, employment protections or company provided health benefits. And in this recession as businesses fold or get leaner to survive, many of us have either lost our jobs or had our hours/pay cut as we all struggle to survive.
Now, as taxpayers what do we want from our government? Don’t we want effective, efficient low cost operations?(conservative policies?) Do we want our government to be unable to fire bad workers? Do we want teachers that have been judged to be unfit to teach to continue to draw their salaries and sit in rubber rooms because the union will not allow them to be fired? …And then retire and draw their pensions?
Now what happens when the unions make demands that the taxpayers cannot afford? On whose side should the politicians be, the taxpayers or the workers? What happens when by democratic action at the polls, politicians are elected to rein in the growth of power and wealth by the public sector unions? Is it a proper use of political power for opposing (primarily Democrat) politicians to refuse to show up for work?(votes) Is it  proper for these politicians to stage a “slowdown” on legislation while their union masters spend hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars on drummed up, bussed in protests and deceptive advertising to try and convince the taxpayers of some alternate reality?
The fact is that we can never truly get control of our government budgets if we allow unions in the public work force. The state of Virginia does not allow public employee unions…Anybody heard of them going out of business? Schools not opening? Roads not being built?
Take a look at the video below – it points out the tensions between conservative policies and union goals.

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2 comments for “Conservative Policies: Unions VS. The Taxpayers

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  2. Gregory Holman
    February 26, 2011 at 3:42 am

    That video should be entitled “fun with statistics” or better yet “fun with budgets”.

    For example to get his number for public tax dollars spent on education being more than defense:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States

    Defense spent 689 billion on defense in 2010 and he suggests 536 billion of “tax-payer dollars” is spent on schools(includes all local, state and federal).

    Common deletions from the defense budget

    Only counting the Department of Defense Budget of 533.8 billion

    How do you get to 689 billion?

    You don’t put 133 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan money in the Department of Defense Pot but in the “overseas contingency operations” budget

    Not to mention the following that should be included:

    The department of energy’s budget for nuclear weapons storage, production, development, and management (16 billion)

    87.6 billion in Veterans Affairs to take care of our brave men and women after they come back.

    58.4 billion Military pensions to retirees, widowers, and their families, especially for those made the greatest sacrifice.

    Plus interest on past wars (with 50% or so of the federal budget it deserves a big share of our national debt). Estimates range from 154 to 450 billion of the interest on the national debt is related to war expenses. (making up 23 to 91% of the total per year interest payment on our national debt).

    Also homeland security(54.7 billion), another 10 to 50 billion in direct arms sales like we did for Egypt (aid that they can only use to buy american arms).

    Add it all up you can easily assign 1 trillion dollars per year of our federal budget to war expenses or about 1/7 of the total budget.

    Federal spending on k-12 education is 37.6 billion or 26 times less federal money spent on war.

    The reality is, 83% of k-12 money is from local and state government who actually have to balance their budget. We did not borrow to pay for our education department unlike the federal government and the war chest.

    You also have to include 8% spent on private schools as well to get to 536 billion dollar quote (almost equal to the federal share)

    Ways to make education funding greater:

    You can include funding for higher education-

    if you want to make the money spent on education to be really high you can include personal money and loans spent on higher education.

    Federal loan grantees and grants

    Research grants and earmarks.

    There are ways to play with the budget and numbers that are correct and still misleadings or simply wrong.

    overseas contingency operations” brings the sum to $663.8 billion.[1][2]

    Only counting the department of
    you would have to include all local, state, and federal money. You also have to include funding for higher education, some of which is loans and financial aid.

    http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/fed/10facts/index.html

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