The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

Alexis de Toqueville

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

The United States Capitol Building

The United States Capitol Building

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

The Continental Congress

The Continental Congress

George Washington at Valley Forge

George Washington at Valley Forge

Friday, March 9, 2012

What Public Employee Unions Are Doing to Our Country

From Hillsdale College:


by William McGurn
Hillsdale College
March 02, 2012
Imprimis
The greater challenge today—to state and city finances, to democratic representation, to the middle class—is at the state and local level. This is partly because state and city unions have the power to negotiate wages and benefits that their counterparts at the federal level largely do not. More fundamentally, it is because we cannot reform at the federal level without correcting a problem that is bringing our cities and states to bankruptcy. We have to recognize that public sector unions have successfully redefined key relationships in our economic and civic life. The elected politicians who represent us at the negotiating table are not in fact management, our taxing and spending decisions at the city and state level are in practice decided by our public sector contracts, and when you put this all together, what emerges is a completely different picture of the modern civil servant. In short, we work for him, not the other way around.

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