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The Greatest Threat to our Democracy

The situation is really quite simple. In the private sector, unions represent labor against management. The two sides quibble over how much of the “pie” (profits) each one should receive, but they are both restricted by how much “pie” is available, depending on how productive labor is, and how effectively management has marketed and distributed products or services. Everyone involved has a seat at the negotiating table. Contrast that with public employees unions, who have no such restrictions on how much “pie” is available, nor any connection whatsoever between their own performance and the amount of “pie” available. In addition, taxpayers who put up ALL the money for public employees, have NO seat at the negotiating table. Instead,...
On the Silent Wings of Freedom Wrote: Aug 22, 2012 3:52 PM
Instead, that role goes to our corrupt politicians, who can spend oodles of taxpayer monies to fund pensions and other goodies for the unions in order to buy their political support.
End result: Public employees unions need not increase productivity to earn rewards, and politicians can “buy” votes using someone else’s money (taxpayers).
Public employees unions should be banned outright, immediately.
Diogenese_wy Wrote: Aug 22, 2012 9:01 PM
Banning would be unconstitutional. However, there is a solution.
First, make right-to-work a national policy thus ending the extortion of union dues from non-members.
Second, reform Social Security. Allow those 45 and under to opt out in favor of a Roth IRA into which their employer would deposit 10% of their wages. Also allow them to demand in writing of any entity that holds pension funds for them to roll those vested funds over into their IRA. The entity would have 30 days to comply or face a monthly fine of 10% of the owed amount, payable to the requestor’s IRA.
No pension funds, no money to buy politicians. End of Unions.
Texas Chris Wrote: Aug 23, 2012 7:48 AM
Public sector unions could be banned at the state level. It'd be political suicide to try it, but it theoretically could be done.

And yes, an opt-out of SSI, even without your other suggestions, would be a huge step. Personally, I find it immoral to stick the taxpayer with funding the retirements of government employees. Get the government OUT of retirement all together, and the problem solves itself.
magnetar Wrote: Aug 23, 2012 2:09 PM
where in the constitution is there a right to collective bargaining?
The American system of democracy is under threat. It's under threat from an Obama campaign that seeks to polarize Americans along race and class lines. It's under threat from a Democratic Party that seeks to pit those who pay taxes against those who don't.

But most of all, it's under attack from America's public sector unions.

Mallory Factor explains in his new book, "Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind," just how the unions pervert the political system. They demonstrate how our government has become subject to the demands of an ever-more-powerful minority -- and...