Taxpayers who support public sector unions…

March 9th, 2011

…make about as much sense to me as gazelles lobbying for lions.

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  • 1. Debunked  |  March 9th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Without lions to thin the herd of the elderly and dying, would the gazelle population not eventually breed the weak, retain the sick, and eventually outgrow the availability of resources leading to the starvation of the whole?

    Basic nature 101: The gazelles need the lions to keep the herd fit and strong as much as the lions need the gazelles to sustain their own livelihood.

  • 2. grumps  |  March 10th, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Public employees are taxpayers. There is no difference, no distinction except the one you’ve let Walker make. This is a shameful day in Wisconsin.

  • 3. TerryN  |  March 10th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    So debunked, you do not support union mandated seniority?

  • 4. Debunked  |  March 10th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    That is a black and white question on an issue that is not black and white.

    Do I support experienced teachers keeping their jobs just because they have experience? No.

    All things being equal, do I support retaining the teachers who have worked at a particular school longer? Of course. This is no different than the private sector seniority. Layoffs occur at the bottom, not the top. Seniority matters in the private sector for job security just as much as the public sector.

    So, does this particular concept even need to be union mandated Probably not. Most employers tend to layoff the newcomers first anywhere.

    That said, if you revoke this, now you have to address the possible issue of allowing schools to replace experienced teachers with inexperienced teachers at a reduced cost.

    Would this start us down a path where we allow teaching to become a position where people work for ten years, become over-experienced for the position, and are laid off to make room for cheaper workers? What long term ramifications does this hold on the quality of our education system? What about those people who put the last decade of their life into teaching rather than working their way up a corporate ladder. We just say a big fuck you to those who spent the last decade of their life teaching?

    As I said, it’s not a simple black and white issue. There are parts I would support and parts I would not. And parts that must be resolved.

  • 5. John Foust  |  March 10th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    So campaign contributions from unions directly causes politicians to return the favor in the form of wages and benefits, but all other forms of campaign contributions from corporations and special interests have no effect on laws?

  • 6. Melinda  |  March 10th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    John – Two wrongs don’t make a right. At least you can boycott companies. I can’t boycott paying my taxes.

  • 7. John Foust  |  March 11th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    The hypocrisy is strong in this one.

    Not even one wrong makes a right. Three lefts make a right.

    You want to lose weight? Exercise more and eat less. You want lower taxes? Finding more ways to let others pay less taxes won’t help your taxes.

  • 8. Roland Melnick  |  March 14th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I think Debunked meant to post his first comment in a discussion thread on Obamacare.

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