The Party of AFSCME: Public-sector unions are spending a fortune on midterm elections.

(Let’s Starve the Beast. And By the Beast I mean these guys – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

We’ve got a candidate for governor willing to take on these unions. It’s one of the MANY reasons I’m voting for Charlie Baker.…

Just when we’d been told the Chamber of Commerce had bought the election, along comes the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to pour nearly $90 million into the campaign.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this makes the public-sector union the biggest spender of all the outside groups. The National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union rank among the top five. Collectively, these three unions representing millions of public workers – only the SEIU is majority private – are devoting an estimated $170 million to an election Democrats insist that they are losing because of the nefarious influence of outside money.

AFSCME is the ideal champion of a Democratic party that is increasingly run by and for the public sector. At their most basic, the stakes of the 2010 election are whether government works for us, or we work for government. No one has a more direct political and financial stake in this question than AFSCME and its compatriots. Their bottom line depends on making us work for them – for their ever-expanding ranks, for their salaries, for their benefits, for their pensions.

And, ultimately, for their campaign coffers. The head of AFSCME’s political operation, Larry Scanlon, explained to the Journal, “The more members coming in, the more dues coming in, the more money we have for politics.”

The public-sector unions exemplify a government that is self-serving and out of control. They take government dollars paid to them and use them to elect management that will pay them even more, in a perpetual feedback loop of large-scale patronage.

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    Cook is highly respected.

    The Cook Political Report makes a few more adjustments to its ratings, one week out:

           * MA-06   John Tierney   Solid D to Likely D

           * NJ-06   Frank Pallone   Solid D to Likely D

           * NC-04   David Price   Solid D to Likely D

           * OH-10   Dennis Kucinich   Solid D to Likely D

           * OR-04   Peter DeFazio   Solid D to Likely D

           * TN-05   Jim Cooper   Solid D to Likely D

           * TX-25   Lloyd Doggett   Solid D to Likely D

    The group is projecting, “a Democratic net loss of 48 to 60 seats, with higher losses possible.


    Barone’s article title is not a news flash.

    Even more important is the political reality that, as New York union leader Victor Gotbaum said in 1975, “We have the ability, in a sense, to elect our own boss.”

    The anomalies don’t end there. Public employees’ union dues and contributions to union PACs come directly from taxpayers. So if you live in a state or city with strong public-employee unions, you are paying a tax that goes to elect Democratic candidates (plus, perhaps, a few malleable Republicans).

    Public-employee unions have collected big-time from the Obama Democrats. The February 2009 stimulus package contained $160 billion in aid to state and local governments. This was intended to insulate public-employee union members from the ravages of the recession that afflicted those unfortunate enough to make their livings in the private sector – and it did so.

    Public-employee union members have become, as U.S. News and World Report editor Mortimer Zuckerman writes, “the new privileged class,” with better pay, more generous benefits, and far more lush pensions than those who pay their salaries – and who are taxed to send money to their leaders’ favored candidates.

    Franklin Roosevelt thought public-sector unions were a lousy idea. Do you?