It’s one of the greatest scams in the history of left-wing scams, and it goes a little something like this: taxpayers of all political stripes pay the salaries of public employees, public employees are forced to join public unions, public unions garnish dues from members and then use those dues to fund Democrat candidates to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.
What a racket.
In other words, against our will, you and I are helping to fund Democrat campaigns. But so are those public employees forced into unions.
But now, thanks to Governor Walker’s reforms, the rights of Wisconsin public employees are protected. They are no longer forced into unions, forced to pay dues, forced to fund political causes they disagree with, and the benefits of this liberation are now paying off:
Public-employee unions in Wisconsin have experienced a dramatic drop in membership — by more than half for the second-biggest union — since a law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker sharply curtailed their ability to bargain over wages and working conditions.
That could mean the sharp losses that some Wisconsin public-worker unions have experienced is a harbinger of similar unions’ future nationwide, union leaders fear. Failure to oust Mr. Walker and overturn the Wisconsin law “spells doom,” said Bryan Kennedy, the American Federation of Teachers’ Wisconsin president.
Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees-the state’s second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers-fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a person who has viewed Afscme’s figures. A spokesman for Afscme declined to comment.
Here’s the rub:
Much of that decline came from Afscme Council 24, which represents Wisconsin state workers, whose membership plunged by two-thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year.
In other words, that’s how many people Walker’s reforms liberated to make their own choices.
The left’s year-long freak out in Wisconsin has NOTHING to do with workers’ rights — what about the right NOT to join a union? The freak-out was about the loss of an immoral law which forced public employees to join public unions and the subsequent loss of their dues, which turn into a gajillion dollars for Democrat campaign contributions and anti-Republican ads.
The fewer union members, the less dues you collect and the less you can then spend on getting the Democrats in office who then vote to force people into public unions in order to keep this corrupt vicious circle turning.
It is immoral to force people into unions, and it is even more immoral to use my tax dollars to fund candidates I oppose.
The same thing is happening with Planned Parenthood right now. That abortion mill receives federal funding — our tax dollars — and then spends money on ads opposing Mitt Romney.
It simply doesn’t get any more corrupt than that.
Gov. Walker’s leadership on this issue has been groundbreaking. Hopefully, this coming Tuesday, Walker, his Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and the State Senate seats up for recall will stay right where they are — protecting the taxpayers and the rights of public employees.
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