Why the slow death of public employee unions is a win for democracy

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker successfully fended off his union-funded recall a week ago, but the reverberations (and over-reactions) will be felt across the country.

Rachel Maddow said Republicans will win every election for eternity because unions have lost so much power.

One Madison pro-recall man proclaimed Walker’s victory as the end of democracy.

The left has set up this caustic false analogy as part their war on success.

Us vs. them.

The rich vs. poor.

The working class against the ruling class.

It’s Marxist for the modern age.

It was interesting to watch the political discussions going on about Wisconsin. The left railed against Scott Walker and the Republicans as if “they” were out to get the people of Wisconsin.

Except for the fact that “they” balanced a $3 billion structural deficit without raising taxes and created an exponentially superior business climate through incentives for state reinvestment.

Walker won his recall election by a wider margin than his first election.

That should tell you something. The people who support him don’t view this fight as “us against them.”

They recognize that this is about all of us.

I had a union organizer once tell me that unions were the much more democratic system than going out. Presumably this is because unions vote on certain things.

There’s actually nothing democratic about union labor. Union dues are used to fund causes that the union population doesn’t get to pick.

Millions in national union dollars went to Wisconsin to fight a fight that has nothing to do with steel union workers in Pennsylvania or manufacturers in Missouri.

Unions are taking workers’ money and spending it without their consent with the idea that being in the union protects them from the big bad boss man.

In a non-union setting, money not paid to workers goes back into the business. It’s called re-investment, and businesses started during Obama’s reign of economic terror may not be familiar with this concept.

Re-investment creates new jobs, new tax-payers, new people who can support their families. Union bargaining just creates higher wages for union employees. It puts more food on the table for those already there, not allowing more mouths to be fed.

In a union, the workers decide their own value, even if the market place says they aren’t worth it.

In a public employee union, the government has no choice but to pay those workers out of the pockets of the taxpayers.

That’s not democratic, it’s authoritarian.


When you go to the store, the price of that gallon of milk isn’t arbitrary, it’s set based on the cost to produce that milk and the price competing businesses are setting.

It’s not set by the consumer. If it were, the milk producers and the grocery stores would go out of business.

That’s exactly what has happened with public employee unions. The consumers have set the price and pushed government to bankrupcy.

In Milwaukee, the teacher unions failed to re-open bargaining for the concessions in Scott Walker’s budget and hundreds of teachers were laid off.

What’s Democratic about that?

If Democrats can’t win elections without unions, that’s a win for the United States, not because it cripples the left but because it spells the end of union election-buying which has taken place for decades.

Unions monopolized the market and are terrified that they’ve lost such a monopoly, no longer able to unilaterally decide where to spend millions in campaign contributions taken from employees and spent without their direct consent.

This is not the end of democracy as unions, particularly public employee unions, begin to wain. Rather, it is the re-birth of a truer, freer democracy, where every voice must be heard and we decide as a country what we are worth.

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