We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Too much free speech? The NYT freaks out. Why, I ask myself, should some businesses be gagged when media corporations, unions, and George Soros is not? The Times Corporation, a de facto arm of the Left wing of the Dem party and clearly enamoured of their own political speech, beclowns itself with pure partisanship masked as sanctimonious purity.
"If you were to tell me growing up that a guy whose mom was on welfare and parents had some marital troubles, and I had some issues growing up, that a guy from Wrentham would be here standing before you right now and going to Washington, D.C., are you kidding me?" Brown said at a postelection news conference.
Fifty-eight percent of those polled by The Washington Post recently claimed they preferred smaller government with fewer services, with only 38 percent favoring a larger government with more services (and, yes, it is a terrific struggle not to place ironic quotations marks around the word services).
This is the highest number for the “smaller government” category since 2002. And a full year into President Barack Obama’s term, most polls, and state elections, tell us that the electorate is walking — maybe sprinting? — back from the progressive economic policies that now dominate Washington.
*A majority of union members in America (52 percent) now work for the government. This is up sharply from 49 percent in 2008. Put another way, Sherk finds, three times more union members now work in the Post Office than in the auto industry.
Union membership in the productive sector of our economy continued its long-term downward spiral, falling from 20.1 percent in 1980 to a mere 7.2 percent in 2009.
A full 37.4 percent of government employees now belong to unions in 2009, up 0.6 percentage points from 2008.
* Private-sector unions lost 834,000 members in 2009. Public-sector unions, in contrast, actually gained 64,000 members.
Two points here. At least about federal government employees. Not all federal government employees are union members. I am not. And secondly, even those that are don't always agree with their unions anymore than those SEIU members who voted for Brown recently. I know plenty of government employees who were for Brown and who did not vote for Obama (although we do keep it quiet around here so as not to draw the negative attention of those who did).
My guess is the rise in union membership is simply because they are hiring in the government sector versus government employees just joining unions for any specific reason. You get a job, you get signed up usually just to make your life easier.
Not that government needs to be hiring. We need to be cutting, but that's a different matter than the union membership growth.
Third: The president and congressional Democrats have spent the past year arguing that health reform is in the national interest—that it will broaden coverage, begin to contain costs, increase disposable income, and help improve the government’s long-term fiscal outlook. Which of those arguments ceased to be true between Monday and today?
The answer is none, of course. They were never true.
Let me second TROs comment about Federal employees. I have been one for over 30 years, and have been a member of the AFGE bargaining unit the whole time. In that time, I have never paid a red cent in dues or had anything to do with them other than reading an occasional email newsletter. I'd guess that about 25% of the employees are actually dues paying members, maybe less. Also, in my period of employment, I have never had anyone from the union discuss politics or recommend who to vote for. Maybe the fact that my agency is located primarily in the Rocky Mountain west makes us different than other agencies. I'll leave that for someone else to discuss.