There are many current delusions amongst progressives, for example; adding government mandates increases peoples freedoms, a government sponsored “employment caucus” will increase jobs, and that unemployment checks stimulate the economy, but one of my favorites is that the big money in politics is controlled by the Republicans. KOCH BROTHERS!!! As Open Secrets just revealed, the big money and special interests in politics is firmly in the control of Democrats. Of the top 20 political contributors going back to 1989, 13 of them favored the Democrats. And even more disturbing is that the second largest contributor, the public unions, are directly using tax payer money from negotiated contracts and pensions to support the Democrats. Contracts and pensions of which are driving many municipalities into bankruptcy. Here’s an example of how California is dealing with it, and we all know what Detroit had to do. Legacy costs for public union pensions will continue to negatively impact cities and counties everywhere, especially as the baby boomers begin to retire. Scott Walker faced this in WI, dealt with it, overcame a recall effort and won reelection. Even that liberal icon, FDR opposed public unions for this very reason:
“All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.”
Public unions are a special interest that are increasingly becoming a weight on the American taxpayer, yet the Democrats continue to milk that slush fund as much as they can, unfortunately to the detriment of the American tax payer and citizen. Now don’t misunderstand my position here. I think there is a role for some public unions, but their collective bargaining rights need to be restricted simply because politicians can not be trusted to bargain with tax payer money in good faith. Private unions on the other hand negotiate over private money, so I have no problem there, but as we all witnessed in TN recently, many American workers are no longer wanting to be represented by union bosses that represent themselves and politicians more than they represent the average worker, as evidenced by the cozy relationship and large amounts of cash given to Democrats.
Finally, other contributors to make note of: The Evil Koch Bros at #59. And the US Postal Service Workers Union donated $17 million to Democrats despite being broke and having to be bailed out by tax payers.