You are correct. However unions need to be stripped to non-political/non-profit organizations that are around for contract negotiations only. However that will take a concerted effort on the inside and out. Furthermore, politicians need to look beyond themselves (for once) and make substantial cuts to their pay and pensions. You average state representative makes more than tenured, PhD.'s at our best institutions. They also get 100% pensions after their first day (or term in some cases) of office. YOU ARE A PUBLIC SERVANT! SERVE THE PUBLIC!