-By Warner Todd Huston
This is a novel approach. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the largest government employee unions in the nation, has decided that they've had enough of all those darn Republicans that are... well... acting like Republicans. So, the union has lighted on a new way to be rid of all those darn Republican-like Republicans. They are going to sponsor their own Republican candidates in upcoming elections in the land of fruits and nuts.
The SEIU has created a new "Republican" political action committee (PAC) meant to recruit purported moderate Republicans to run for office to replace the Republicans now sitting in Sacramento. SEIU is calling this PAC the "Golden California Committee."
The name of their PAC reminds me of the phrase, "don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining." This golden shower that the SEIU is trying to pull off doesn't fool anyone. The SEIU has no interest in helping Republicans. They have but one goal, to implement laws and government regulations that give to government employee unions payoffs, higher salaries, and outrageous benefits and pensions that exceed anything that the general public will ever see. They know that the only way to do this is to control government from both sides of the aisle. After all, as weak as the Californian Republicans are, they are the only resistance to unions getting free reign to steal from the taxpayers with impunity. The SEIU knows this and they are trying to eliminate that last, tiny, little spot of resistance.
As it is the government in California is by the unions, of the unions and for the unions but if they can place in office faux Republicans whose loyalty is to unions and not the party or the people, then that will be the end of any chance that the Golden State could ever return to any fiscal sanity at all.
Now, by and large California has some of the least conservative Republicans in the country and the few real conservatives they have in office have next to no power. Yet, one of the spokesmen for this absurd new union effort is claiming that the "far right" is "hijacking" his party.
"I feel the far right, the tea party, is hijacking my party, and it's saddening," said John Orr, a parking officer at California State University, Fullerton. "I hope through this PAC, this effort and the open primary that moderates can regain their voice."
This guy has to be kidding. Firstly, he himself is a liar to claim he's a Republican. Secondly, he's woefully uninformed to imagine that the Calif. GOP has been hijacked by "the far right." One of the weakest, mushy moderate GOP parties in the country resides n California. To say it is the party of "the far right" is absurd in the extreme.
Beyond all that there is simply no possible way to be a Republican and a union supporter at the same time. The two are wholly incompatible.
To be a union member you have to support an anti-democratic right for your union to use the law, the courts, and the government to steal from your fellow citizens. You support the end of the democratic tradition of the secret ballot for your fellows. You want to have higher salaries for no merit. You want there to be no legal way to fire you even if you've broken the law. You want to have free medical care when the people who you are forcing to pay your salary are lucky to have any healthcare at all. You want to retire at 50 and have the taxpayers (who can't retire until they are 68 or later) pay to support you for the next thirty or forty years. In other words, you want to build a world where you are "kept" in a luxurious lifestyle all at the expense of others. No self-reliance. No hard work. No merit. These are the principles of a European, not an American and they are certainly not the principles of any Republican.
No candidate that this union operated PAC offers can ever be considered a Republican. The voters should know that these people are sold-out to the grasping, profligate unions before they even get into office. The candidates from the SEIU's Golden California Committee will be nothing else but union puppets.
But the sad fact is that this new effort, should it be developed to the point where it does offer candidates, will likely fool the voters. Too many voters will imagine that the candidates this PAC offers are real, independent candidates. Too many voters will be blissfully unaware that these candidates are little else but puppets for the unions that will work assiduously against the best interests of the very people voting for them.
But here we have it. The unions once again leading with subterfuge, lies, and false fronts in order to steal as much from the voters as they can. It just goes to show that these people have no scruples. But it also goes to show precisely why government employee unions should be illegal like they were only a few short decades ago.