Sunday, January 17, 2010

Unions, commies, and the governor's race

Not all unions are created equal - Let's go after the big bad ugly unions that believe in communism.

Submitted by Kathleen Rogan

This article was sent to you by someone who found it on SFGate.
The original article can be found on here:
Sunday, January 17, 2010 (SF Chronicle)
Union critic assesses governor's race

  Steven Greenhut was a constant thorn in the side of California's public
employee unions as a columnist and editorial board member of the Orange
County Register
. Now he's moved to Sacramento to serve as a senior fellow
for the libertarian-leaning watchdog Goldwater Institute of Arizona. He
spoke to columnist Debra J. Saunders while in San Francisco recently to
sign copies of his new book, "Plunder! How Public Employee Unions are
Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation."
  Q: How do you rate the gubernatorial candidates?
  A: I don't like any of them. ... I don't think any gubernatorial
candidate, no matter how brilliant, could fix the problems. Coming from an
extremely cynical standpoint, I don't really expect much out of any of
them. (GOP Insurance Commissioner) Steve Poizner sounds like a
conservative. His past isn't completely conservative. (Democratic Attorney
General) Jerry Brown - it's hard to say what to expect from Jerry Brown. I
don't expect him to tackle some of the issues I write about in the book
with the public employee unions. And (former eBay CEO and GOP hopeful) Meg
? I just don't really have much hope for the state.
  Q: What kind of fall-out did you get from the book?
  A: A lot of people have been infuriated about the stories I tell in the
book about runaway unionism, the impact on state finances, the unfunded
liabilities, and the special privileges that union officials and union
members get. ... The unions squelch reform, they squelch open government,
they protected bad employees ... So I think the timing is right. People of
all political persuasions are recognizing this. (Democratic state
) Bill Lockyer talked about how the state should be bankrupted by
these pensions. Ron Seeling, chief actuary for CalPERS, said that they're
unsustainable. There's a recognition that this is such a huge problem. In
many ways it's a bipartisan problem. Both parties helped create it.
  A: Have you ever been a member of a union?
  Q: No I have not. My wife has been - which was absurd. It didn't get her
any benefits. I'm not a big believer in unionization. But private-sector
unions, at least you can't kill the host. ----------------------------------------------------------------------
Copyright 2010 SF Chronicle


Steve Sinai said...

We've had Godwin's Law.

Presenting Kathleen's Corollary : The probability that any one of Kathleen's posts contains a reference to communism equals 94.68%

Kathy Meeh said...

Kathleen, you're a little to a lot warped. The article refers to "columnist" not "communist", and you switched-out a picture of Steven Greenhut for a Communist thistle.

Wow, makes your political commentary continue to be NOT credible! I'm working on an article about the New McCarthyism which includes a few of your friends-- no hurry, but there's nothing intelligent about that propaganda.

Steve Sinai said...

I put the commie symbol in there.

Kathleen Rogan said...

Uh, there was some additions and switchin. But, I like it when you get your panies in a bunch, that means it is hittin where it counts.

Kathleen Rogan said...

@Steve, that's because some of our elected democrats are admitted communists. Don't kill the messenger.

Anti-communist said...

Which of our elected democrats are admitted communists? I don't know of any, and if it's true, I really want to know who they are.

Unknown said...

Well, there is a guy, maybe not elected...but for sure a part of the Obama White House - that guy, Van Jones, is an admitted communist and he left his czar position but is still part of the Obama Administration. That's a little too close for comfort for me.

Unknown said...

1. a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.
2. (often initial capital letter) ***a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.***
3. (initial capital letter) the principles and practices of the Communist party.

I think we are going the way of definition #2.

Steve Sinai said...

I often add little graphic images to people's submissions. Text-only posts get to be a bit monotonous.

Kathy Meeh said...

Very bad boy, Steve. Sorry Kathleen, but I'm just interested keep what is presented as fact, representational and factual.

Lois I'm posting an article on Van Jones who resigned as a White House environmental adviser September 6, 2009. This appears to be a right political "get back" for some of Van Jones earlier far left affiliations. Waste of talent.