Just a reminder: Unions rake in millions for Democrats

posted at 8:48 am on March 3, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

What’s really at stake in the Wisconsin budget showdown?  Are big corporations trying to wipe out the middle class, as union activists claimed in between comparisons of Governor Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler and chasing down Republican legislators in the halls of the capital?  Or are Democrats trying desperately to cling to closed-shop rules that allow them to fill their campaign coffers through union bosses who profit greatly from their elections?  John Henry of the Center for Public Integrity answers that question in today’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Union treasuries – filled by dues paid by union members – not only fund programs benefiting union members and their families. The money they collect also pays six-figure compensation packages for labor leaders and provides millions of dollars for Democratic causes and candidates.

The Center for Public Integrity found compensation for leaders of the 10 largest unions ranged from $173,000 at the United Auto Workers to $618,000 at the Laborers’ International Union of North America, and almost $480,000 for the president of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. The latter is the target of GOP governors in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kansas.

The union reports, filed with the Department of Labor, list compensation for all union employees and officers. Salaries make up the biggest portion, but other benefits can include tens of thousands of dollars for meal allowances, mileage allowances and entertainment. Health care and pension contributions are not specifically addressed.

The reports show that assets of the various labor unions run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, and payrolls rival midsize companies. Among the Top 10 unions, dozens of top officials have salary-and-benefit packages that rank them among the top percentage of income-earners in the country.

Remember, these entities produce no products on their own.  They run the labor that produces products and services for investors (in the private sector) and for taxpayers (in the public sector).  In the private sector, consumers can choose to “look for the union label” or to avoid it, and have the option of buying non-union when the price of products and services from union shops gets too high.

Taxpayers don’t have that choice.  First, the government has no profit motive to protect, making contentious bargaining with PEUs more political trouble than it’s worth, at least until now.  Furthermore, AFSCME and other PEUs don’t have the adversarial relationship with “management” that unions in the private sector do, thanks to unions such as AFSCME essentially hiring the management through the use of millions of dollars in forced dues payments (collected by the state!) for campaign funds for favored politicians, almost exclusively Democrats these days.  When their pet politicians get elected, they inevitably cave to PEU demands, sticking taxpayers with an ever-higher bill for monopolized products and services, and with no way to opt out of the “union label” except to move out of the state.

Does this pay off for union bosses?  You bet it does, and at the expense of the taxpayers:

The membership of AFSCME, which evolved from a state employees union organized in Wisconsin in 1932, has grown by 25% over the last decade. [Gerald] McEntee, who has been president since 1981, says more than 145,000 government employees have joined AFSCME since 2006.

That makes McEntee a powerful political force, although not powerful enough to overcome widespread disgust at the cycle of spending in government.  AFSCME sunk over $40,000 into the campaign of Tom Barrett, Walker’s opponent in 2010.  The top ten donors to Barrett’s campaigns were unions.

Barrett still lost, because taxpayers discovered the one feedback loop they still had to break the PEU-Democratic money cycle: their votes.  And now Wisconsin’s fleebagging state Senators have hijacked even that in an attempt to protect their union gravy train.  Those are the real stakes in this standoff.


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And now Wisconsin’s fleebagging state Senators have hijacked even that in an attempt to protect their union gravy train. Those are the real stakes in this standoff.

Drudge linked to a story this morning saying this standoff in Wisconsin could drag on for months. This is ridiculous. There has to be some way Walker and the remaining senators can force these guys back to work. Otherwise not only will this go on indefinitely, but every other legislature is at risk of a similar fate when the Democrats decide they don’t want a bill to even get a vote much less pass.

Doughboy on March 3, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Barrett still lost, because taxpayers discovered the one feedback loop they still had to break the PEU-Democratic money cycle: their votes. And now Wisconsin’s fleebagging state Senators have hijacked even that in an attempt to protect their union gravy train. Those are the real stakes in this standoff.

Thanks Ed. Get an good education here at HA.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 8:53 AM

The best money laundering evah!

Alinsky on March 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Since they’re raking in millions of $’s, then they can damn well afford to collect their own dues.

tree hugging sister on March 3, 2011 at 8:57 AM

The way you break this idiotic stalemate in Wisconsin right now is to mass petition to have at least one of two of the 14 cowardly gutless Democrat state senators recalled from office for dereliction of duty, and then actually carry it through all the way to having them thrown out of office.

Once the remaining bunch of idiots realizes what is at stake, they will hightail it back to Madison ASAP!

pilamaye on March 3, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Since they’re raking in millions of $’s, then they can damn well afford to collect their own dues.

tree hugging sister on March 3, 2011 at 8:57 AM

amen sister

cmsinaz on March 3, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Saw a bit of a clip last night, whatshername, Rachel Maddow(?) saying the the Repubs and the Right are against the “working” men and women of America because they are anti-Union.

So…when only about 7% of American “workers” are unionized….doesn’t that leave about 93% who are not? Who is against real “working” men and women in America? It sure isn’t the Right. Do the math.

That the unions and the Dem Party are routinely fleecing Americans should be no surprise. Simply do the math.

What’s that? You were taught your arithmetic skills by a unionized public school teacher?

Never mind.

coldwarrior on March 3, 2011 at 9:03 AM

And we conservatives are always accused of being the pawns of “evil corporations”….well at least companies PRODUCE something. Unions are parasites.

search4truth on March 3, 2011 at 9:03 AM

FYI: Ohio’s state Senate passed their PEU reform bill yesterday, 17-16.

There’s a brief article on DailyCaller about it, if you’re interested.

knob on March 3, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Since they’re raking in millions of $’s, then they can damn well afford to collect their own dues. – tree hugging sister on March 3, 2011 at 8:57 AM

It is odd that Federal workers are prohibited by the Hatch Act from engaging in political activity as we have seen in Wisconsin. No one even mentions it.

SC.Charlie on March 3, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Drudge linked to a story this morning saying this standoff in Wisconsin could drag on for months. This is ridiculous. There has to be some way Walker and the remaining senators can force these guys back to work. Otherwise not only will this go on indefinitely, but every other legislature is at risk of a similar fate when the Democrats decide they don’t want a bill to even get a vote much less pass.

Doughboy on March 3, 2011 at 8:53 AM

…which is what will make the dual senatorial recall efforts in Wisconsin so interesting to watch. Unlike the polls, the union’s attempts to recall Republican senators and the efforts by Walker’s supporters to recall Democrats who’ve fled to Illinois will be a real-world gauge of the left of support for the efforts to cut back public sector union benefits and power (logically, it should e easier to get recall petitions on some of the GOP senators, because they won the swing districts back in November, while as with the House in Congress, the Dems kept their hard-core seats. But if the voters are truly engaged any Republican facing a recall fight should win by a larger margin than last time, despite the likely inflow of union $$$ to make sure they”re defeated).

If the GOP senators come out of any recall efforts strengthened instead of removed, it will force any of the 14 wayward senators not in the bluest of Blue districts back home, if they want to salvage their political careers.

jon1979 on March 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Barrett still lost, because taxpayers discovered the one feedback loop they still had to break the PEU-Democratic money cycle: their votes. And now Wisconsin’s fleebagging state Senators have hijacked even that

This is the creepy scary part of the entire mess, basically telling citizens that our votes don’t matter; if the ‘rats dislike the results they will just ignore them.

Bishop on March 3, 2011 at 9:07 AM

AFSCME sunk over $40,000 into the campaign of Tom Barrett, Walker’s opponent in 2010. The top ten donors to Barrett’s campaigns were unions.

And they want to play the “look over here” game over $34K from the Kochs?

JeffWeimer on March 3, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Why should the taxpayers be forced to contribute to the union fat cats and the Democrats?

Colbyjack on March 3, 2011 at 9:08 AM

We need to reject the notion that these greedy government union workers are the ‘middle class’. All the special privileges they have, including disproportionate influence on politicians, make them something much different, kind of a protected aristocracy.

slickwillie2001 on March 3, 2011 at 9:09 AM

And they want to play the “look over here” game over $34K from the Kochs?

JeffWeimer on March 3, 2011 at 9:08 AM

exactamundo

cmsinaz on March 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I do not think the folks in WI are typical of what we saw in Madison. I also do not think they are dumb. If we could talk to the average citizen there, I’m pretty sure we’d find that they know the unions are screwing them over. It’s these dizzy polls that have everyone dancing to this or that pre-subscribed tune. Walker and the GOP are doing–the right thing first, last and in the middle. I think WI knows that. Looks as if Ohio does too. We all know we cannot continue as we have been doing. Not sensibly or morally right. Let the Dems dance to their old music and just move on without them.(sorry for all the music metaphors, have no explanation!)

jeanie on March 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM

The union leaders are mere tools of the elitest left that pull their strings. The biggest question is who is pulling Obama’s strings. This is a radical labor movement that has evolved for decades. To have a puppet in the White House makes this “now or never” the for brainwashed legions.

volsense on March 3, 2011 at 9:12 AM

On McNeil-Lehrer, two days ago, they actually had an economics professor from of all places Berkeley who stated that non-union private industry workers actually cost the government more than union public workers.
The claim went unchallenged. Also unchallenged were the WSJ and CBS polls. They just gave the numbers and no sample information.

And PBS wonders why us mean people on the right want to tag and bag our subsidy to them.

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 9:15 AM

In the big picture, the first thing I think of when I hear the word UNION is JIMMY HOFFA. These unions are the very definition of corruption. I’m wondering when someone will take a poll of whether they think unions are corrupt or not. Just the one question. I think it would go 80/20 against unions. Someone needs to point out that the protestors are the very reason education is failing. If these teachers did the jobs they’re paid for, there wouldn’t be THIS. The teachers are pawns, the students are pawns of one huge Ponzi scheme. The Chaos at the Capitol building is a microcosm of the big reality. There…..

adamsmith on March 3, 2011 at 9:19 AM

What is really amazing about this fiasco in WI is that in Ohio they are VERY QUICKLY passing a bill which is arguably more repressive of collective bargaining and or public employees, yet the press coverage, compared to Wisconsin, is non existant! Why is that?

Indy82 on March 3, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Providence fired 1500 teachers this morning. Where are the tears and flails?

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 9:23 AM

JeffWeimer on March 3, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Correction: it was $43K the Kochs gave. Still AFSCME $40K + all top 10 union donations means that was but a fraction.

JeffWeimer on March 3, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Indy82 on March 3, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Probably because of the drama.

JeffWeimer on March 3, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Providence fired 1500 teachers this morning. Where are the tears and flails?

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Exactly!!! I just am not getting what the hell is so special about what Walker is doing when Ohio is doing the same thing, Daniels did the same thing back in 2005 without a whimper from unions, and 1500 teachers got laid off in RI this morning.

Why is WI so special? Is it because its got more drama to it because of the Dems fleeing? Is it because it is the birthplace of progressivism? Seriously… what the hell is so special???

Indy82 on March 3, 2011 at 9:26 AM

No word on fleebaggers coming back?

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I can’t really tell the difference between a union and a corporation that sells labor to other corporations. Can someone give me an actual reason why anti-trust laws apply to one and not the other?

Count to 10 on March 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM

This is the creepy scary part of the entire mess, basically telling citizens that our votes don’t matter; if the ‘rats dislike the results they will just ignore them.

Bishop on March 3, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Battle of Athens Redux?

fossten on March 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM

WI is so special because for some reason OFA/unions/Obama/Sros/whoknowswho thinks it should be. Either they think they can win here or they think that this is a good distraction from something else.
WI is special because powerful people think it should be. I’ve got to feel sorry for the people of WI. Their capitol blgd is being destroyed because someone chose to make them the example.

ORconservative on March 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM

When the Mob launders,
They get half the money back.
Not just one percent.

Haiku Guy on March 3, 2011 at 9:31 AM

It’s a massive racket that’s supported by the power of the State. And then you have liberal union “reporters” covering the events, spiking stories etc. It’s now or never.

The bills need to be passed. Even if the Democrats do benefit politically from all of this, they will need to be placed in a position where they have to justify reinstating the racket and associated costs upon cash strapped states once they regain power. It will be a tough sell.

We know the Democrats would pass their agenda no matter the short term cost, so Republicans have to do it right now, or remain at a disadvantage and bankrupt our states in the process. And I’m not even sure there would be a short term cost. Get those budgets balanced, and people will notice that teachers aren’t starving as a result.

forest on March 3, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Right. End unions, end the democratic party once and for all.

ernesto on March 3, 2011 at 9:40 AM

These Unions are not going to go quietly.

Take that to the bank.

Key West Reader on March 3, 2011 at 9:40 AM

pilamaye on March 3, 2011 at 8:58 AM
jon1979 on March 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM

In Wisconson, an elected politician can’t be recalled until a year after they were last elected. So everyone who was elected or re-elected last year is safe for a while. I think only four of the “Badger-14″ are subject to recall, and there are people working on it. But recall elections are very hard to carry off.

Another alternative is for the assembly to impeach the Badger-14 for failure to perform their duty, and for the senate to convict, thus removing them from office. Then filling the now-vacated seats in a special election.

Changes to the rules/laws relating to attendance is something all state legislatures should review.

LarryD on March 3, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Furthermore, AFSCME and other PEUs don’t have the adversarial relationship with “management” that unions in the private sector do, thanks to unions such as AFSCME essentially hiring buying the management through the use of millions of dollars in forced dues payments (collected by the state!) for campaign funds for favored politicians, almost exclusively Democrats these days.

FIFY

mrsmwp on March 3, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Right. End unions, end the democratic party once and for all.

ernesto on March 3, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Oh, the Democrats would be utterly helpless without the union money? Really. Never realized it was so precarious.

In the real world, good ideas don’t need to be subsidized by force — money and talent will flow to those who provide better ideas, services and products. If the Democrats are able to provide such things, money won’t be a problem for them. Oh wait, no wonder you’re worried, ernesto.

Mr. D on March 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM

The comparison between Hitler and Scott Walker isn’t totally unjustified or inaccurate. In May of 1933, Hitler banned unions. Walker is effectively doing the same by trying to destroy collective bargaining.

Eat that breakfast, Hotairheads.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Does it hurt to be you?

Key West Reader on March 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

I don’t think the pregnant fleebagger is going to be able to let this drag on for months.

parteagirl on March 3, 2011 at 9:54 AM

If the government can loan itself money, then why can’t the government extort money from itself?

WE think all of this is crazy, but it all makes absolutely perfect sense to the people who don’t pay taxes.

logis on March 3, 2011 at 9:55 AM

But the polls tell us otherwise, don’t they? The people really really want these unions to have their cake, and to get to eat it too. *sigh*

capejasmine on March 3, 2011 at 9:56 AM

The comparison between Hitler and Scott Walker isn’t totally unjustified or inaccurate. In May of 1933, Hitler banned unions. Walker is effectively doing the same by trying to destroy collective bargaining.

Eat that breakfast, Hotairheads.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Ok then. Whatever floats your boat.

I’m sure you can read, but I question your reading comprehension.

capejasmine on March 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM

The comparison between Hitler and Scott Walker isn’t totally unjustified or inaccurate. In May of 1933, Hitler banned unions. Walker is effectively doing the same by trying to destroy collective bargaining.

Eat that breakfast, Hotairheads.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Hitler used unions as a means to an end. When he gained power he got rid of them so they wouldn’t organize against him.

Additionally, you’ve got to be the stupidest troll around (besides Grow Fins) for suggesting no collective bargaining for perks destroys unions. Federal employee unions have no CB and they’re making out quite well … making much more than the private sector in pay and benefits.

darwin on March 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Federal government employee are covered under the Hatch Act. Why don’t the individual states pass a similar law?

SC.Charlie on March 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Federal government employee are covered under the Hatch Act. Why don’t the individual states pass a similar law?

SC.Charlie on March 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Because that would be just like Hitler!11!

forest on March 3, 2011 at 10:05 AM

The comparison between Hitler and Scott Walker isn’t totally unjustified or inaccurate. In May of 1933, Hitler banned unions. Walker is effectively doing the same by trying to destroy collective bargaining.

Eat that breakfast, Hotairheads.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Tell you what — when Scott Walker starts building concentration camps with nonunion labor and rounding up his political enemies, we’ll accept your comparison. Until then, epic fail.

We need better trolls ’round here.

Mr. D on March 3, 2011 at 10:06 AM

The comparison between Hitler and Scott Walker isn’t totally unjustified or inaccurate.
bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Simply having something in common, like being able to balance a checkbook, with Hilter does not make the comparison fair.

Obama has much more in common with Hitler in that he has a cultlike following.

Which is more dangerous? Following good financial practices or having an army of propagandists at your beck and call? I understand Hilter had a fetish about fast trains as well!

When the cult of Scott Walker starts, then we can make comparisons.

petunia on March 3, 2011 at 10:09 AM

The comparison between Hitler and Scott Walker isn’t totally unjustified or inaccurate. In May of 1933, Hitler banned unions. Walker is effectively doing the same by trying to destroy collective bargaining.

Eat that breakfast, Hotairheads.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Try again Troll. He doubled down on them.

http://thegraph.com/2011/02/hitler-didnt-outlaw-unions-as-a-national-socialist-he-went-double-down-on-them/#

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM
Does it hurt to be you?

Key West Reader on March 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

This +1

Psycotte on March 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

The comparison between Hitler and Scott Walker isn’t totally unjustified or inaccurate. In May of 1933, Hitler banned unions. Walker is effectively doing the same by trying to destroy collective bargaining.

Eat that breakfast, Hotairheads.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Epic logic fail. Hitler also listened to Beethoven. Are all classical music listeners Nazis?

fossten on March 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Hitler used unions as a means to an end. When he gained power he got rid of them so they wouldn’t organize against him.

Additionally, you’ve got to be the stupidest troll around (besides Grow Fins) for suggesting no collective bargaining for perks destroys unions. Federal employee unions have no CB and they’re making out quite well … making much more than the private sector in pay and benefits.

darwin on March 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM

So Hitler used unions to help gain power, and then destroyed them once in control? After getting all that money and help, why didn’t the Democrats give federal employees collective bargaining when they held absolute control of the government in 2009? It’s almost like they are just like Hitler!11!

forest on March 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Hitler also pushed gun control and nationalized healthcare. Hmm…

fossten on March 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM

On McNeil-Lehrer, two days ago, they actually had an economics professor from of all places Berkeley who stated that non-union private industry workers actually cost the government more than union public workers.
The claim went unchallenged. Also unchallenged were the WSJ and CBS polls. They just gave the numbers and no sample information.

And PBS wonders why us mean people on the right want to tag and bag our subsidy to them.

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Heh. Paul Krugman is also an economist. With a Nobel. Iowahawk teaches him how averages work.

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2011/03/longhorns-17-badgers-1.html

a capella on March 3, 2011 at 10:27 AM

FYI: Ohio’s state Senate passed their PEU reform bill yesterday, 17-16.

There’s a brief article on DailyCaller about it, if you’re interested.

knob on March 3, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Unfortunately, Ohio’s state senate did so in a rather heavy-handed way. I think most Ohioans can be convinced that something needs to be done, but yesterday wasn’t a banner day for the Ohio GOP. I live in SW Ohio, and I subscribe to the Cincinnati Enquirer. In a general editorial, the paper agreed that Ohio needs to do something about PEUs, but it was very critical of the way the bill was handled in the senate. In only a little over a day, the committee or the senate addressed 98 pages of amendments–I couldn’t say what they entailed. What’s worse, the GOP committee chairman actually dismissed one or two of the GOP’s members from the committee to ensure that it would pass out of committee. Then, in a somewhat rushed senate vote, it passed 17-16, even though the GOP has a 20-13 advantage.
In the end, the process was very poor looking. With only some minor modifications, I suspect that they could have had all the GOP on board. As it is, the paper reminded readers of the heavy-handed of Pelosi in the Obamacare debate.

The bill now goes to the Ohio house, the the GOP has a 59-40 advantage. I hope they can do something to reclaim the moral high ground because the GOP senate lost it yesterday.

BuckeyeSam on March 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Why is WI so special? Is it because its got more drama to it because of the Dems fleeing? Is it because it is the birthplace of progressivism? Seriously… what the hell is so special???

Because they’re scared Walker will stick to his guns, as opposed to officials in deep blue Rhode Island or a dupe like Daniels in Indiana who got rolled by some Dem representatives fleeing the state.

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Hitler also pushed gun control and nationalized healthcare. Hmm…

fossten on March 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM

And he was a vegetarian. Curious.

Mr. D on March 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Taxpayers don’t have that choice.

Indeed.

Taxpayers funding public unions that fund Democrats that pass legislation favoring the public unions.

Some choice.

rukiddingme on March 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Eat that breakfast, Hotairheads.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

You’re boring.

Del Dolemonte on March 3, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Through this cozy relationship between democrats and unions, tax dollars are used to buy all of those red, orange, and purple T-shirts seen in the protests, as well as the printed signs, and to pay to bus protestors from state to state.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Eat that breakfast $hit, Hotairheads bifidis.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

FIFY

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 10:44 AM

The comparison between Hitler and Scott Walker isn’t totally unjustified or inaccurate. In May of 1933, Hitler banned unions. Walker is effectively doing the same by trying to destroy collective bargaining.

Eat that breakfast, Hotairheads.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Your historical illiteracy is breathtaking run-of-the-mill for a leftist. Here’s some breakfast for you:

The Nazi Party (“National Socialist German Workers’ Party”) was basically the official embodiment of Hitler’s personal brand of socialism, with a nationalistic, rather than international, focus. Hitler (as well as Mussolini in Italy) drew significant inspiration from the Communist, socialist, trade-unionist, and syndicalist movements – even the most cursory examination of his biography will bear this out.

Hitler was not opposed to trade unions on ideological grounds, but was competing with the German trade unions and Communists for the same social space. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that he viewed the Nazi Party not just as a political party, but as a sort of über-union pressing for the same collectivist goals as the trade unions themselves. Even the most cursory examination of various Nazi Party platforms, propaganda, and activities throughout the years will bear this out. In 1932 the Nazis, Communists, and trade unions had no problem joining together to instigate large-scale strikes among Berlin transportation workers.

The similarity in philosophical principles and political goals concerning labor are undeniable. The 1920 Nazi Party platform, for example, included the following items:

We demand that the State make it its duty to provide opportunities of employment first of all for its own Citizens.

It must be the first duty of every Citizen to carry out intellectual or physical work. Individual activity must not be harmful to the public interest and must be pursued within the framework of the community and for the general good.

The abolition of all income obtained without labor or effort.

We demand the nationalization of all enterprises (already) converted into corporations (trusts).

We demand profit-sharing in large enterprises.

We demand the large-scale development of old-age pension schemes.

We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle class; the immediate communalization of the large department stores, which are to be leased at low rates to small tradesmen. We demand the most careful consideration for the owners of small businesses in orders placed by national, state, or community authorities.

The establishment of trade and professional organizations to enforce the Reich basic laws in the individual states.

Does Scott Walker still remind you of Hitler now?

steebo77 on March 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM

When their pet politicians get elected, they inevitably cave to PEU demands, sticking taxpayers with an ever-higher bill for monopolized products and services, and with no way to opt out of the “union label” except to move out of the state.

Couple this with this:

The attempt to rush into an agreement that avoids the curbs on PEU collective bargaining prerogatives and to avoid cutting the benefits of employees does sound a lot more like collusion than “good faith” bargaining on behalf of taxpayers, whether or not it meets the legal definition of collusion.

unclesmrgol on March 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

steebo77 on March 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Bifidis gets taken to the woodshed — again. Heh.

unclesmrgol on March 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Are big corporations trying to wipe out the middle class

that’s an impossibility, since the “big corporations” have no dog in the fight over publice employee unions.

Monkeytoe on March 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

The comparison between Hitler and Scott Walker isn’t totally unjustified or inaccurate. In May of 1933, Hitler banned unions. Walker is effectively doing the same by trying to destroy collective bargaining.

Eat that breakfast, Hotairheads.

bifidis on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Hitler – the man of the left that he was (being a socialist – a national socialist) – is also easily compared with Obama based on your “thinking” (and I use the term very loosely). After all, Obama wants to use the gov’t to force people to buy things. Wants the gov’t to take over health care. Enourages his followers to “bring a gun to a knife fight”. Nationalized GM. And, being a man of the left, as Hitler was, he is much closer in political philosphy to Hitler than Walker. Thus, He sure does have a lot in common with Hitler. And, I assuem, based on your comment, that you think that is perfectly acceptable to compare Obama to Hitler?

Monkeytoe on March 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM