Mitch Daniels Suggests Doing Away With Government Unions

by William Teach | June 11, 2012 7:27 am

Back when people first started to organize into unions, they did this for two main reasons: protection from harsh working conditions/bosses/companies and an honest wage for an honest days work. Of course, this was in the private sector. Shift to the public sector: now they mostly exist to fleece the American taxpayer so that the public union members can make vastly more than people in the public sector and reap rewards such as time off and pensions that are unavailable in the private sector. There used to be a saying that no one goes into public service to make money. Nowadays, government jobs pay way more than they are worth, it is virtually impossible to terminate an employee involved in misconduct, and they are left with golden parachutes when they retire

(Fox News[1]) On the heels of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s history-making recall victory, the governor of nearby Indiana with his own record of curtailing union benefits suggested public-sector unions are past their prime and should be abolished.

“I think, really, government works better without them,” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told “Fox News Sunday,” when asked whether public-worker unions should even exist.

Daniels said that vote should send a message about the problems with public-sector unions.

“I think the message is that, first of all, voters are seeing the fundamental unfairness of government becoming its own special interest group, sitting on both sides of the table,” he said.

Daniels said private-sector unions, while in decline in America, remain “necessary.” But he suggested the public-sector unions have hobbled governments by gobbling up taxpayer resources with generous benefits and salaries and “bulletproof” job protections.

What purpose do government sector unions serve? Liberals tell us that government is simply mega-awesome. So, workers certainly wouldn’t need protection from from government….well, except perhaps those who have to work for Shelia Jackson Lee[2] need protection. What we saw in Wisconsin was a year and a half temper tantrum over public sector unions having to pay a tiny bit more towards their health insurance and into their golden pensions, along with no longer being able to bargain for perks other than salary. And the unions lost. Those of us who see our hard earned tax dollars going to provide pensions which pay more yearly than the public sector worker earned while working are tired of this nonsense.

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