Neat noise from Tim Pawlenty.
This is NOT an endorsement for TPaw.
Tim Pawlenty spent two full terms as Governor of Minnesota. Recall that Minnesota is the home of the “Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party”. It’s one of the more solidly Blue states in the union and Pawlenty had to deal with DFL majorities in both houses of his state legislature for eight years.
Last week he wrote an interesting editorial in the Wall St. Journal in which he makes the case for the death of public employee unions. Some of the editorial is pretty blatant campaigning on TPaw’s part, but he’s got a pretty good story to tell, and his points on public employee unions are right on the money.
When Americans think of organized labor, they might think of images like I saw growing up in a blue-collar meatpacking town: hard hats, work boots, tough conditions and gritty jobs. While I didn’t work in the slaughterhouses, I did become a union member when I worked at a grocery store to help put myself through school. I was grateful for the paycheck and proud of the work I did.
Much has changed. The majority of union members today no longer work in construction, manufacturing or “strong back” jobs. They work for government, which, thanks to President Obama, has become the only booming “industry” left in our economy.
Federal employees receive an average of $123,049 annually in pay and benefits, twice the average of the private sector. And across the country, at every level of government, the pattern is the same: Unionized public employees are making more money, receiving more generous benefits, and enjoying greater job security than the working families forced to pay for it with ever-higher taxes, deficits and debt.
Public employee unions contribute mightily to the campaigns of liberal politicians ($91 million in the midterm elections alone) who vote to increase government pay and workers.
The moral case for unions—protecting working families from exploitation—does not apply to public employment. Government employees today are among the most protected, well-paid employees in the country. Ironically, public-sector unions have become the exploiters, and working families once again need someone to stand up for them.
Read the whole thing, it’s a very interesting read and TPaw has some very interesting accomplishments to flaunt, especially given that he was at war with DFL for both of his terms as Governor. Interestingly enough, he’s apparently wishing today that he’d run for a third term because Republicans took over both houses of the legislature in the November election and unfortunately – and inexplicably – the new governor will be Mark Dayton, a drug addicted, failed former US Senator. Amazing.
Anyway, his commentary about unions are right on track. They are nothing more than instruments to extract dues from federal and state employees to fund the Democratic Party. The tide seems to be turning against public employee unions, we keep seeing more and more commentary from – and ACTION by – politicians, even liberal politicians, crying out against them. Public employee unions haven’t “outlived their usefulness”, they were NEVER useful. To anybody but Democratic politicians.