Douglas MacKinnon

Make no mistake, these unions and the public employees who luxuriate in these unconscionable and unsustainable benefits, have declared war on common sense and all Americans who seek fiscal sanity.

As those of us in the private sector pay more and more for our dwindling health care, consider this: Michigan, under the leadership of then-Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, tried to make its teachers and state workers start paying 3 percent of their salaries toward their massive retiree health care costs. How did the unions who represent these teachers and state workers respond to that incredibly reasonable request? They sued the state and so far have been successful in stopping the meager contribution.

As more and more Americans in the private sector choose to not get health insurance simply because they can't afford it, keep this in mind: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in 2009, at least 14 states offered free health benefits to some or all state employees with at least seven states also paying for family plans.

Of course we also need to keep in mind that the Democrats and their union supporters define "free" as money taken out of the pockets of their fellow citizens.

While Romney may have reversed himself on the damage Obama has done to our economy, the evidence speaks for itself. Just with his backing of these beyond-greedy public employee unions and their fiscally irresponsible benefits, the president has made the situation exponentially worse.

Don't take my word for it. Ask the liberal AP.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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