Thursday, June 07, 2012

Amazing Statistic

From Michael Barone's DC Examiner article on the Wisconsin recall:

Public employee unions insist that dues money be deducted from members' paychecks and sent directly to union treasuries. So in practice, public employee unions are a mechanism for the involuntary transfer of taxpayers' money to the Democratic Party.

Walker's law ended this practice and gave public employees the choice of whether to pay union dues. The membership of AFSCME, the big union of state employees, fell from 62,818 to 28,785.

This is amazing!

When union members have a choice they choose in vast numbers to leave the union behind. What is more amazing is that these are public sector employees.

I am thrilled that Walker survived as much for the fact that I agreed with his policies as for the fact that recalls should be reserved for malfesance and not just disagreements. Walker's bill passed lawfully. The voters would have had the chance to throw him out in 2014.

I have a real problem with public unions and their benefactors in elected office creating sweatheart deals that go far beyond the norm for the times. Public employees work hard - of that I am sure - but they work no harder than the rest of us stiff's who pay thousands out of pocket for our health care and retirement.

I shed no tears for the losers in Wisconsin.