WE ARE ALL BADGERS NOW
By Larry Pratt
March 29, 2011
The epic battle that seized Wisconsin, and gripped America, over powers for public sector union bosses has ended. But its consequences will extend far beyond the Badger State. The Republicans in Madison fought a battle on behalf of all freedom-loving Americans. Gun owners had a dog in that fight as did all others who want to take back their government from the Ruling Class.
Public sector unions support big-government Democrats (and a few like-minded Republicans). The unions get their money to support these politicians from — in most cases — compulsory dues. This means that a pro-Second Amendment member of a government sector union has no say when his dues are used to support anti-gun politicians.
These politicians, in turn, make sure that compulsory public sector unionism flourishes so they can continue to rake in millions of dollars into their campaign coffers. So the incestuous relationship continues.
But you and I as taxpayers get taken to the cleaners in the process. States will be looking for bailouts to fund their government sector (underfunded) pensions for their workers. Why are they underfunded? Because the politicians that depend on them for their campaign slush funds would never think of asking them to pay for their own pensions. Not even close.
In Wisconsin the government union members have only had to pay about one third of what their fellow citizens in the private sector pay for their pension funding. The money left over for the government unions is then available for financing socialist politicians who keep this whole Ponzi scheme going.
But in Wisconsin, it is worse still. The state teachers union (WEAC) has a health insurance plan that provides the same benefits as private sector plans that cost only 80 percent of WEAC’s plan. Where does the extra 20 percent skim go? Why, to fund big government politicians, of course, not to pensions or health benefits.