Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fineman Gets It

HuffPo's Howard Fineman actually explains the political battle going on in Madison, pretty well.

In the last election, the GOP had a chance to win 20 governorships but only won 12. According to Howard, they were stymied by the political efforts of public employee unions in the 8 they lost and he quotes a GOP operative saying:
"We are never going to win most of these states until we can do something about those unions. They have so much incentive to work hard politically because they are, in effect, electing their own bosses -- the Democrats who are going to pay them better and give them more benefits. And the Democrats have the incentive to be generous."
Howard writes:
This is how top Republicans see the matter: a vicious cycle of union-to-Democrat-to-union power that they are determined to break.
He is quite right about this. And he goes on to show just how much political muscle and money the unions have to elect their own bosses.

It's not just the GOP who should be concerned about this. It's taxpayers, who are finally coming to understand how crooked and expensive this racket is to them. Democrats are much more likely to be willing to raise taxes to pay the people who work to get them elected. This puts them at odds with the vast majority of taxpayers.

For years, Democrats and to some extent Republicans have played this political game. But it is no longer affordable or political feasible.

This is not only how top Republicans see the matter, it is how any honest political analyst sees the matter as well. Fineman, an MSNBC regular, gets it, even if he hesitates in saying so. It's not what most MSNBC hosts want to hear.

5 Comments:

Blogger Winston Smith said...

Wow, that's some serious pretzel logic by our intrepid blogger. The unions are being broken for POLITICAL, not economic reasons, Spencer admits it, yet makes it all about the taxpayer anyway. Where is your outrage about the Wall Street thieves whose shenanigans cost the taxpayers far more than unions do-which included bankrupting the union pension plans in the first place? This manufactured crisis in Wisconsin (they didn't have a budget crisis until incoming Governor Walker passed 140 million in tax cuts to corporations) is all about breaking the political power of unions, pure and simple. It has nothing to do with economics, though I wouldn't expect Spencer to understand that.

February 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM 
Blogger Pro Christ Pro Gun said...

Winston - 2 years ago the previous governor warned of the Unions eating up too much of the budget - he called it something like a financial 9/11. I think that his name is Doyle and he was a democrat - check it out...

March 1, 2011 at 6:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE, THE TEA PARTY OF DELAWARE COUNTY, HEREBY SEVER OUR TIES WITH CONGRESSMAN PATRICK MEEHAN. HE NO LONGER HAS OUR SUPPORT, ESPECIALLY GIVEN HIS RECENT VOTE TO EXTEND THE FREEDOM-KILLING USA PATRIOT ACT. HERE IS MR. MEEHAN'S VISION FOR AMERICA (SEE VIDEO LINK BELOW):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1B3AubsTBo&feature=player_embedded

SIGNED, JOHN Q. PUBLIC

PS IF THE DEMOCRATS PUT UP A TRULY AUTHENTIC CANDIDATE IN 2012 WHO RESPECTS THE CONSTITUTION, THEN THEY WILL HAVE OUR VOTE! JOE SESTAK WAS A BIG-GOVERNMENT LIBERAL, AND PAT MEEHAN IS A DOUBLE-TALKING BACKSTABBER!

March 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM 
Blogger jake said...

Governor Walker is making a courageous effort to end "collusive bargaining".

When public service unions negotiate with the very politicians they put into office, there is no one properly representing the taxpayers.

It's time to end this incestuous relationship once and for all.

March 1, 2011 at 2:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like I will be severing ties with the Delco Patriots. Not the first time they have done something I didn't approve of. What an unsophisticated group of people.

March 2, 2011 at 11:04 PM 

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