-By Warner Todd Huston
My Friend Maggie Thurber has a great piece chronicling the hate that unions in Ohio display for those voters that stand against the absurd riches that government employees have wrung out of the taxpayers in the Buckeye State.
Pointing out that union supporters are “dripping with ‘hate’ and derision toward people who see a problem and are trying to fix it,” Thurber does a great job of identifying the flawed logic in this union member’s argument on why the focus on the “opulent” benefits and pay scales of government workers is wrong on their opinion.
One point that Thurber makes is spot on. While it is true that many people are sick and tire of these union thugs ripping off the taxpayers, the unions are not the only entities at fault here.
“I don’t blame unions solely for this,” Thurber writes. “I also blame elected officials who, with their symbiotic relationship to the public sector unions, fail to properly represent the taxpayer when it comes to negotiations and voting on contracts.”
Thurber goes on to layout clearly the mess that both pliant politicians and greedy union spendthrifts have created for the state of Ohio’s budget. But, we must understand that this rancid situation isn’t isolated to Ohio. The fact is every single state in the union has this problem.
Government unions across the country have caused state budget to be sunk in a mire of red ink, over spending, unearned promises, and overly generous pay scales, benefits, and pension obligations. Politicians have acted the union’s agents in the halls of our legislature, too. To top it off, the activist courts have continually sided with the unions against the public weal.
This is precisely why government unions are detrimental to our nation. Government unions are antithetical to good government. The voters are entirely cut out from affecting the constant undeserved increases in union benefits as the unions ply politicians with campaign cash while those pols bend to the union’s will in order to get that cash. It is a never ending cycle that goes strictly against fiscal responsibility and the will of the people.
Government unions should be made illegal like they were only 50 years ago. It’s just that simple.