Democrats are in campaign mode once again. Or, perhaps I should say still. At any rate, they are now organizing to find out who died in the last few years. It’s imperative that those people have their wants met at election time. It was just unfortunate that they happened to die when they did.
The Democrats’ oldest chant is that Republicans are the party of the rich. They happily hold up signs printed and paid for by the poor people they claim to represent. Most people voting for Democrats choose not to see that most of the funding comes from the destitute actors, directors and producers in Hollywood and the ilk of multi-billionaires Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and George Soros. Obama has also been courting the music industry with his Wednesday night concerts at the White House. Not garage bands either; we’re talking about the big names, the people who schmooze with the actors, directors and producers from Hollywood and the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and George Soros.
Public sector employees are also pursued by campaigning progressive Democrats. Government wage earners pay dues to unions which are used to support Democrats who support public sector unions. It’s a back scratching thing.
The way many clear thinking individuals see it, unions have become the driving force of government. They are not listed in the Constitution, that can be readily identified, as a fourth branch of government, but they have assumed a position more powerful than even the presidency.
Public sector employees are paid in full by taxpayers. It matters naught if you are liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican or Independent, your taxes are paying the salary and benefits of your neighbor who works in any government capacity. While you’re working, he or she may be off on a five-week vacation that you can’t afford. Perhaps your neighbor broke an arm. You picked up the tab for the emergency room visit, resetting the bone, the cast, the pain meds and all follow-up visits. If your neighbor is now retired, you may as well hand over your paycheck to him or her on Friday because you’re paying the retirement bill, in full. That’s why so many liberals work for government agencies; they get more bang for your buck, then vote for more bang.
So, let’s take a trip around the park to understand how public sector unions work. The following example is one person. Let your own imagination project the numbers to cover tens of millions public sector union employees you are supporting in-part. They are working for your local, county, state and federal government. Let me state up front that this is not an example of all government employees, but it does cover a higher percentage than would be found in the private sector.
Bill (it could be Janet) is the person you encountered eight to ten years ago or maybe last week at the DMV or the planning department or the IRS. Bill was slow-moving, unconcerned but adequately functional at his routine, by-the-book job. Bill may speak many languages but had such a heavy foreign accent it required you to ask him to repeat in English two or three times. Bill did his job but offered no ambition. Bill could not be fired and replaced by someone with initiative because he belonged to a Public-Sector Trade Union whose acronym (PSTU) just happens to be the same as Partido Socialista Dos Trabalhadores Unificado (Portuguese: Unified Workers Socialist Party).
Bill is now retired after working for the government over 25 years. Bill started working in the public sector right after high school at a pay scale roughly 15% – 20% higher than he could have earned doing a parallel job in for a private company. During his time with the government, at minimum, Bill received a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) in the average amount of 2.3% every year, in both up and down economies. At retirement, with benefits he earned almost one and a half times his private sector counterpart. He received 3-5 weeks paid vacation and the medical costs for he and his family, except for a small co-pay, were covered.
Bill is mad now because he is being asked to contribute about half as much to his medical coverage as non-union workers always have done. He’s not willing to do his share to help balance a budget that is out of control because too many people feel entitled. He is willing to do what it takes to protect him, personally, at the expense of others. Bill will riot in the streets holding signs printed by the poor. Bill will vote for more entitlements no matter what the cost. Democrats don’t need to campaign for Bill’s vote.