-By Warner Todd Huston
Cities, counties and states (not to mention the federal gov’t) all across the country are overspent, out of cash, and deeply in the red. One reality that has been hitting all these government entities has been a series of tough negotiations with government employee unions. Unions are loathe to take cuts, certainly, but the reality is that in many cases it’s either cuts or layoffs. More and more unions are realizing this and taking the cuts to avoid losing jobs. The foolish government employees in Connecticut seem to be insensible to reality, though.
Strangely enough, even the government union bosses in Connecticut understood the pickle they were in. Union bigwigs negotiated cuts with the Democrat controlled state legislature and Democrat Governor Daniel Malloy. They did this with the understanding that none of their rank and file would lose their job.
Unfortunately for the unions, many of the members seem too foolish to “get” it. They voted the concessions down. Now Governor Malloy is saying he has little choice but to get rid of thousands of workers.
Nice move, fellows.
Granted not all the government union employees are that stupid. Sixty percent of them understood full well that many of them would lose their jobs if they didn’t vote to accept the cuts. Sadly for them, the rules worked against them.
Despite over 60 percent of state workers approving the deal, Connecticut’s collective bargaining rules require 14 of 15 of the public sector unions. Two state unions, including its largest, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, opposed the deal, believing the Governor would offer them a better package if they rejected it.
Morons. Even a Democrat Governor knows that he is between a rock and a hard place with budgets these days. Gov. Malloy has said he will not renegotiate and the layoffs will begin.
Face, meet that cut off nose!
Unions just don’t get it, do they? Their day of organized theft of the taxpayer’s money is over. It must be over if our governments are to stay solvent.
After this initial era of major cuts and layoffs is over, the next important step will be to eliminate the government employee unions entirely. They should never have been allowed to exist in the first place. And remember, they’ve only been around for about 50 years, so they are NOT some ages old American institution.
Heck, even Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman were against government employee unions. And for good reason, too. They are antithetical to good government.