The Beast is, expectedly, not happy.
“Underneath the real crisis about funding and revenue and pensions is an opportunity to take your opponents and knock them down a peg in terms of having their members participate politically,” said former Service Employees International Union President Andrew Stern. “It’s an opportunity to rebalance the political scale.”
“Those unions are an important part of the core Democratic coalition — from a purely mechanical standpoint, they matter in our elections,” said Jim Jordan, a Democratic consultant, who added that the principle of collective bargaining is also a central one to the party.
“This isn’t just about power and politics — this is one that is truly about principle,” he said.
Yes, Mr. Jordan. It is about principle. When the individual struggles to pay property and state, county and municipal taxes to provide feather beds for pampered government employees, it is ‘truly about principle’. That Andy Stern would admit that this strategy has legs only invigorates us more.
Think about the possibilities. Unions having to reaffirm with their members every year. Dues would be negotiable. Unions no longer having unquestioned supremacy in the government workplace. The funds dry up. The massive political contributions are shrunk, maybe even eliminated.
No wonder Service Employees International for Obama, AFL-CIObama, Organizing for Obama, Obama for Obama, and Disorderly Unwashed Anarchists for Obama are organizing a major back lash for this week.
Thanks to Instapundit for the link to politico.
This is a strategerie that could have long lasting benefits.
By the way. ARE YOU LISTENING ERIC CANTOR and HOUSE REPUBLICANS??
You passed a Continuing Resolution that cuts a mere 4% of the Obama Budget.
Four percent of a budget that has been inflated beyond sanity and all you got is a measly 4%?
Grow some. Or lose what you have.
If I have to I’ll run against you next time. I don’t want to. But if I have to I will.
February 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm
The unions realize that if they lose this fight, it is effectively a stake through the heart of the vampire. Good!