(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.