Saturday, February 26, 2011

Socialists Jazzed By Union Mobs

International Socialists Orchestrate Unions‘ Rally to ’Save the American Dream’-The Blaze
"Last fall, leftist ideological groups of socialists and communists teamed up with American labor unions to march together for “One Nation.” Now, as labor leaders struggle to maintain a stranglehold on collective bargaining privileges in Wisconsin, the same groups are once again marching together under a banner claiming unions are the heart of the American dream.
"As we’ve reported, former White House green jobs czar Van Jones this week issued a rallying call for the progressive movement to “renew itself and become again a national force with which to be reckoned.” On Saturday, progressive groups and labor unions are reportedly planning to hold marches of solidarity in all 50 states.
"Here in Washington, D.C., leftist activists at are co-hosting a rally Saturday with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). But behind the scenes, The Blaze has exclusively learned the rally has actually been organized by the International Socialist Organization. [snip]
"In addition to working with liberal activists and national labor unions behind the scenes, the ISO is just one of many socialist/Marxist/communist groups organizing their members to support Van Jones’ new “American dream” initiative.
"The Daily Caller noted Friday that a number of radical groups — including the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party, the Communist Party USA, Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party and the Democratic Socialists of America — are taking up the labor unions’ talking points and encouraging Egypt-like unrest in the United States.
"The Socialist Workers Party has labeled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “an enemy of the people.”[...]
(Read entire article here)

Same Thing Happened To Me - John Prine

Foreign Friends and Foes

Friday, February 25, 2011

D.O.M.A. Inconsistant With Rule of B.O.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Snippets from 'Dump P.S. Unions' Ops

"Follow the money, Washington reporters like to say. The money in this case comes from taxpayers, present and future, who are the source of every penny of dues paid to public employee unions, who in turn spend much of that money on politics, almost all of it for Democrats. In effect, public employee unions are a mechanism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the Democratic Party."-(Public unions force taxpayers to fund Democrats-Michael Barone)
"Private sector unions fight with management over an equitable distribution of profits. Government unions negotiate with politicians over taxpayer money, putting the public interest at odds with union interests and, as we've seen in states such as California and Wisconsin, exploding the cost of government. The labor-politician negotiations can't be fair when the unions can put so much money into campaign spending. Victor Gotbaum, a leader in the New York City chapter of AFSCME, summed up the problem in 1975 when he boasted, "We have the ability, in a sense, to elect our own boss."- (Government Unions Have Not Benefited the Public-Jonah Goldberg)
"...public employee unions have the legal authority to force workers to join the union and then to pay union dues that can be used to elect political candidates the unions favor. The favored candidates, of course, are those who promise to deliver the higher pay and benefits. "-( Public Employee Unions' Unnatural Advantage-Bruce Chapman)
"And the real issue is whether public sector unions should even be allowed to exist. Frankly, when even a modicum of common sense is infused into the equation, the answer is a resounding no. And the foundational reason is simple. There is no one at the bargaining table representing the folks who are actually going to pay whatever is negotiated."-(End Public Sector Unions...Period -C. Edmund Wright)
"An enormous disparity occurs between the pensions offered to the public employees versus the typical pensions received by private sector employees. The public pensions are so out-of-line that they require 2-3 private sector workers to pay for the benefits of one public sector retiree. A further detriment to unions is how their pay scale works: Workers are given raises based upon seniority, not measured results or hard work- such a practice would never happen in a private run business or enterprise. For example, young promising teachers that have not been tenured (aka not fully protected by the teacher’s union) are the first teachers cut during a budget crisis even if their talent far exceeds that of a tenured teacher. In a time when private sector union membership is at low not seen since the 1930’s, memberships in public sector unions continue to increase.[...] -(Eliminate Public Sector Unions! - Alyssa Kaeding)
"Collective bargaining in the public sector thus is less a negotiation than a conspiracy to steal money from taxpayers. The notion that this is "in the economic interests of the middle class" for government employees in Wisconsin and elsewhere to get above-market wages and extremely lavish benefits is just laughable. Sure, government employees are "middle class," but so are the vast majority of taxpayers who don't enjoy the special privileges that come from owning the means of coercion." - (The Means of Coercion...The priveleged are revolting in Wisconsin - James Taranto)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Trumka's Quality Time With The Prez

Monday, February 21, 2011

Debussy, Arabesque #1 Animated

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Meanwhile In Europe...