Negative Space: government unions
- The Bureaucracy Event Horizon
- Government bureaucracy is the ultimate broken window.
- Fair and open competition—closed and bitter politicians
- The arguments against Proposition A are based on a law that passed less than a month ago, in response to Proposition A. That response is a prime example of why we need to break the chain that locks government unions to politicians.
- Hostess unions want full shutdown
- This is crazy? No, this is the bakers union. No bailouts for arrogance.
- The ongoing rise of school choice
You say choice of high schools doesn’t work? Then why has the US been doing more and more of it lately? We just call those high schools “colleges”.
- Proposition B opponents: city salaries grow from magic beans
- Where do they think city worker salaries come from?
- Trickle down lying: What Wisconsin teaches us about the national news media
On the one hand, “cut budgets, not costs” is a very California theology, so it’s not impossible that it exists in Wisconsin, too. On the other hand, when all the news is biased, it’s amazing that Walker gets as much support as he does.
- The Union Free Rider and the Orphaned Stalker
- Unions want all workers to date them exclusively, because they care about all workers, and they don’t want those workers seeing other women.
- What is a captive audience, anyway?
G.K. Chesterton writes, in Eugenics and Other Evils, that whenever someone starts asking “what is x anyway?” you know they’re trying to pull some wool over your eyes and make it the default. So, really, what is a captive audience, anyway?
- Why firing bad teachers won’t make room for better ones
Bad teachers provide an immense service to this country. You don’t see private industry firing bad workers. The best companies are the ones that have the most bad workers.
- Surprise: CTU Head Karen Lewis Rallied the Occupy Crowds
“People who are doing their jobs well do not need the union as much, if at all. They might be pro-union, but at the end of the day, people who are good at their jobs know two things: 1. It is unlikely they will be fired or laid off… 2. Even if they were… they would have a reasonable expectation of finding new employment… So, who really, really needs the union to fight like hell for bad workers? The bad workers do, of course. This is why the unions are so against evaluations and performance review—while there are good teachers in the union, the good teachers are not the real clients of the union.”
- Special license plates shield officials from traffic tickets
“An Orange County Register investigation has found that the program, designed 30 years ago to protect police from criminals, has been expanded to cover hundreds of thousands of public employees—from police dispatchers to museum guards—who face little threat from the public. Their spouses and children can get the plates, too. This has happened despite warnings from state officials that the safeguard is no longer needed because updated laws have made all DMV information confidential to the public.”
- Government Unions vs. Taxpayers
“Public employee unions contribute mightily to the campaigns of liberal politicians ($91 million in the midterm elections alone) who vote to increase government pay and workers. As more government employees join the unions and pay dues, the union bosses pour ever more money and energy into liberal campaigns. The result is that certain states are now approaching default.”