What happened in OH yesterday?
Alexander Tytler was some Scottish lawyer who held a cynical view of democracy, especially representative republics such as our own. He was the guy who famously noted that democracy, “can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.” Oddly it was an overwhelming majority in OH that voted to heap largess out of the public treasury onto public sector union employees.
I don’t know how such things happen. This seems too easy to defend. It had to be mismanaged from the top. A tv ad noting that Demo-Dope icon FDR opposed collective bargaining for public sector unions would have helped. FDR wrote:
All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.
How hard would that have been? If that’s too technical, consider the Chris Christie approach. When public sector unions say they are going to fight for their members, who are they fighting against? It's the public.
As I understand the argument, public sector unions are supporting a system that will ensure firemen, police and teachers will be making far more than the state’s household median income of about $45K. How can that be sustained? Why should it be sustained?
The last gambit I might have tried in this argument would have been to tie public sector compensation to the military pay scale plus an area cost of living. It would be hard for any public union employee to claim that they have a tougher or more dangerous job than a Lance Corporal in Fallujah.
This was botched from the top. But hey, I’m sure they had their own effective ads stating that no matter what, Republicans are not as bad as the Demo-Dopes claim.
But the Dopes cannot take a victory lap, because OH voters did have the sense reject any healthcare mandates i.e P-BOcare.
The daily drip
Herman Cain read Lex yesterday, took his advice and volunteered to take a lie detector. And as we learn more about the accusers, they are, shall we say, suspect. The sad part of this that, even if these charges are totally false, it’s hard to see how Herman regains his mojo. Mission accomplished.
The Lib meme is that religious people are anti-science. Not hardly. The Vatican will team with a bio research company to promote the use of adult stem cells to treat disease. How can that be?
Calling it what it is
WI Gov. for now, Scott Walker, has infuriated the perpetually infuriated by calling the state Christmas tree of all things, a Christmas tree. Oh the horror. What's next calling a spade a spade? Apparently the ultra sensitive prefer "holiday tree." As always my response is, “holiday?” What holiday is it?