As a Californian, I know clearly the reason why my state is a financial basket case. It is because of the strong unions of state employees, who have pushed up wages and pensions to outrageous levels, causing catastrophic rivers of red ink and state bankruptcy. What California needs is to remove the abused power of collective bargaining among its state employees. With the state firmly in the grip of Democrats, that isn't likely to happen, and the exodus of businesses and individuals will continue.
Now it appears Wisconsin has the same problem. Its treasury is also being drained by the state employee unions. So the governor there is supporting legislation to end collective bargaining by state employees. I am 100% for it.
Once upon a time, unions were a good thing, a counterbalance to abusive business management practices and mistreatment of employees. It was an effective means of holding management accountable for its employee policies and practices. When any group of humans has unbridled power, they will abuse it. It is a law of nature. I call it "the asshole syndrome," or simply AS.
Now unions in some places have achieved unbridled power and once again, the AS reappears. The assholes in this case are no longer management, but the employees themselves. They are looting state treasuries with the same wild abandon of drunken barbarians sacking Rome on a Saturday night. It is time to put the bridle back on this runaway group. It's time for them to drop those swords and grog goblets, and to unhand those wenches.
Of course, the Wisconsin brouhaha will quickly become a stereotypical case of left vs right, with the liberals and the Democrats supporting the unions regardless of their excesses and unreasonable demands. You can almost write the scenario ahead of time.
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