The New Civil War – Public Sector Unions vs. The Taxpayer

Back on February 24th , Montana’s Democrat governor was quoted by the AP on Yahoo News as implying that the Tea Party movement was heading us down a perilous path to a civil war:

Some residents, Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer and even some Republican lawmakers say the bills are making Montana into a laughingstock. And, they say, the push to nullify federal laws could be dangerous.

“We are the United States of America,” said Schweitzer. “This talk of nullifying is pretty toxic talk. That led to the Civil War.”

The Tea Party response – “Gov – not so much.”

A tea party lawmaker said raising the specter of a civil war is plain old malarkey.

“Nullification is not about splitting this union apart,” freshman Rep. Derek Skees said. “Nullification is just one more way for us to tell the federal government: ‘That is not right.”

The real civil war is about the looters vs. the producers. I don’t mean that the unions are outright thieves but they are taking tax money, not a share of revenue from a free enterprise. They are bargaining for money that comes directly out of a taxpayers pocket, not from the value added conduct of commerce.

Nothing embodies that fight any more than the fights all around the country between the public sector unions and governors and local officials representing the interests of the taxpayer. Even though Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift on Friday amazingly asked, “Since when does Scott Walker represent ‘the people’?”, the majority of “the people” are represented by elected officials like Scott Walker and not unions (only around 12.5% of the total workforce are represented by a union – for our MSM friends, that means that 87.5% are not).

The Washington Post headlines is this way: Ohio, Wisconsin shine spotlight on new union battle: Government workers vs. taxpayers

But in this state dotted with manufacturing plants and their locals, this may have been more striking: At least some elected officials normally sympathetic to industrial unions were questioning whether they should side with government workers.

“I believe in what unions do, but as an elected official I represent the taxpayers,” said Jeff Berding, a registered Democrat on the Cincinnati City Council who ran as an independent after he opposed the party on a union issue. “I’m trying to get the best deal for them.”

The new mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, is getting into the game – firing all of the city’s teachers thereby voiding their contracts:

In a Sunday night massive e-mail blast to Providence residents, Mayor Angel Taveras defended his decision to fire 2,000 teachers and took a firm swipe at his predecessors.

In a City News E-blast, the newly seated Mayor did not back off his decision and for the first time criticized the previous administration – Mayor David Cicilline. In the open letter-style e-mail, Taveras wrote:

“For too long, politicians have avoided making the tough decisions. When I took the oath of office on January 3, I made a commitment to be honest with you about the problems we face. I also promised that I would not shy away from making tough decisions to put our City back on firm financial footing. Our actions this week reflect this commitment.”

Interestingly enough, you will be led to believe that this guy is a nasty Republican but as always with the MSM, when they leave the party identification out, you know he has to be a Democrat – and he is.

It’s on like Donkey Kong, folks…and the Left ain’t liking it.

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