In 1955, George Meany, the first president of the AFL/CIO,
said that it was "impossible to bargain collectively with the government." and “...in terms of accepted collective bargaining procedures, government workers have no right beyond the authority to petition Congress—a right available to every citizen.”. But starting with Wisconsin in 1959, states began to allow collective bargaining in government (but not the Federal government).
Just one example of why I don't approve of public sector unions: San Jose (California) City Council, Pete Constant, (the only Republican) wants to save the city $70,000 annually by performing his own secretarial work and not hiring an assistant. (The city has a $100 million budget deficit.) The Confidential Employees Organization, a public sector union representing Council employees, filed a lawsuit demanding that he fill the position regardless of the city’s financial situation. They say he is acting in conflict with labor agreements between the city and the union. This underscores the problem with collective bargaining agreements for public sector unions. Contracts such as this create huge taxpayer liabilities and hinder the ability of government agencies to make cuts when funding does not meet financial needs. Then the taxpayers end up footing the bill! (Just after writing this, a friend sent me a
YouTube video: “Andrew Klavan: Behold! Your Public Sector Unions at Work” I rather enjoyed it, you might too.
Remember Obama claimed his proposed budget would reduce the federal deficit by a trillion dollars? March 19th the Congressional Budget Office said this estimate miscounted by more than $2 trillion!
Then there is the lie that Social Security is solvent. "As Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew wrote in USA Today just a few weeks ago, the [Social Security] trust fund is solvent until 2037. Therefore, Social Security is now off the table in debt-reduction talks. This claim is a breathtaking fraud. The pretense is that a flush trust fund will pay retirees for the next 26 years. Lovely, except for one thing: The Social Security trust fund is a fiction. If you don't believe me, listen to the OMB's own explanation (in the Clinton administration budget for fiscal 2000 under then-Director Jack Lew, the very same).
The OMB explained that these trust fund 'balances' are nothing more than a 'bookkeeping' device. 'They do not consist of real economic assets that can be drawn down in the future to fund benefits.' In other words, the Social Security trust fund contains -- nothing." - Charles Krauthammer. Just one more lie that will hurt “the people” and I am sick and tired of being lied to by politicians!
There were over 4,000 fraudulent charities created to trick concerned citizens out of their hard-earned money when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. As the relief efforts increase in the wake of the Japanese Tsunami, these fraudsters are once again attempting to take advantage of the kindness, concern and goodwill of so many. How to be sure your contribution will get to Japan and not into a crook's pocket? Stick to charities you know. Avoid “new” charities. Be wary of direct solicitations – especially by email. Instead visit the website of the charity by entering their URL in your browser. (Beware: Attachments may contain viruses!) Also you can verify charities with the IRS before donating. Most charities want to receive tax-deductible status and register with the IRS. A quick search on the agency's Charities page will help you to identify real organizations.
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