Ohio Unions - I am not anti-union. I am pro individual choice. Big Unions are Big Government.
"Out-of-state union donations, grossly understated by Ohio media, far exceeded the “Yes on 2″ campaign’s entire budget. The Ohio Education Association (OEA), a despicable band of hypocrites whose average pay in 2010 was more than $95,000, took an extra $54 from every member to kill Senate Bill 5. OEA alone dumped more than $5.8 million into “We Are Ohio.”
Did the unions spend $30 million exposing an ill-advised portion of Senate Bill 5, or pushing some compelling argument about the need for powerful public unions? Hah! The unions spent more than $800,000 collecting signatures for the referendum; bragging that this constituted “grassroots” support was the most honest aspect of their campaign.
“We Are Ohio” claimed passing Issue 2 would mean fewer firefighters and nurses, leaving Ohio houses to burn and patients to perish. They released a radio ad saying Issue 2 would “take us back to the days of Jim Crow,” misrepresenting at every turn the effort to limit union power as an attack on Ohio’s middle class. They lied that Republican politicians exploited a “loophole” in the bill, though elected officials have never been subject to collective bargaining. They insisted local budgets were dandy before Kasich’s election.
Even without spending unprecedented amounts to mislead Ohio’s electorate, unions are built for fighting reform; union bosses become millionaires on the strength of their class warfare. In my opinion, Issue 2 came down to two questions:
How many Ohio government employees see through the Progressive narrative shoved down their throats courtesy of their mandatory dues?
How many Ohio taxpayers with friends & family in public work think for themselves when told Governor Kasich is out to steal workers’ benefits and punch their babies?
OEA & Co. don’t have to lumber into a defensive stance when their stranglehold is threatened. They just keep doing what they do every day – painting themselves as victims and taxpayers as villains. It worked, to the detriment of everyone except the union bosses.
Sadly, a majority of Ohio voters chose to ignore fiscal reality. In return for killing Issue 2, Ohio can expect:
More tax hikes than would have been necessary with Senate Bill 5
More layoffs of teachers, firefighters, and police than would have been necessary with Senate Bill 5
More service cuts than would have been necessary with Senate Bill 5
None of Senate Bill 5’s drop-dead obvious reforms to benefits & automatic pay hikes
More lost House seats as employers and citizens flee
Those who voted No on Issue 2 have guaranteed the results they were told their votes would prevent. This is bad news for anyone who doesn’t get rich from the government union racket, especially the thousands of young public workers whose jobs will be sacrificed on the altar of union demands."
I am also tired of otherwise intelligent people using the race card to stop the common sense approach to problem solving. Race has nothing to do with expecting people to have good work ethic, self respect and a desire to get off of welfare and back to work. Using this tired old approach creates dependence on the failed system of socialism to control the poor of every color. Here Newt wins one up for the Gipper.
Please note. This is not an endorsement for Knewt. It is an attempt to educate you on the
failures of the left and their tired excuses, finger pointing and blame throwing. It is also a great
answer with real life examples that contrast how the left holds the minds of people captive while
convincing them that they are free, while real freedom is being independent of that type of thinking.