Dems Will Reward Union Friends

OCT. 29, 2010

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Demonstrative of just how raunchy and fierce politics have gotten in America, just last week President Barack Obama told a group of Latino voters, “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with is on issues that are important to us.” He wasn’t calling dangerous terrorists enemies; he was talking about people like me — anyone who dares to disagree with the Democratic positions on immigration, taxes, health care, stimulus and the growing public entitlements.

The punishment this election for anyone not in a labor union will be electing more Democrats.

California has a population of 36 million. Of the population, only approximately 2.5 million are union members. As for voters, there are 23.5 million eligible adult voters in California, but only 17 million are registered to vote. Of those, 44.5 percent are Democrats, 30.8 percent are Republicans, 20.2 percent are decline-to-state or independents and 4.5 percent associate with “other parties.” And interestingly, according to the Public Policy Institute of California, the number of registered voters in California has grown by 1.3 million since June 2006.

Even with declining union membership, California will elect pro-union Democratic politicians up and down the state this election.

In 1968, the California Legislature passed the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, extending collective bargaining rights to local government workers. Teachers and other state employees were granted collective bargaining rights in the 1970s.

Today, the California Teachers Association has 340,000 members. The Service Employees International Union represents 700,000 California workers. Of those, 350,000 are miscellaneous government employees, 2,000 are doctors at state-run hospitals, and the remaining are government workers at the local, county and state levels.

To understand how unions in the state influence elections, a look at the CTA offers an excellent explanation. Passage of Proposition 98 in 1988 created a mandatory funding source for public schools in the state, of more than $450 million a year in new funding, and much of it discretionary.

After Prop. 98 passed, the union-backed school boards used the bonanza of cash to beef up teachers’ salaries, making California’s teachers some of the country’s highest-paid in the country, even though the state’s total spending per student is only slightly higher than the national average.

And since passage of Prop. 98, the CTA props up union-backed school board candidates around the state, and pays heavily to defeat independent-minded school board candidates.

But what does this influence have on California’s current election?

Described as the beginning of the end, the 1998 gubernatorial election was purchased by unions and delivered to Gray Davis – former chief of staff to Jerry Brown. Unions spent millions of dollars in members’ dues on Davis. The SEIU poured $600,000 into his campaign, the CTA gave $1.2 million, and millions in contributions came from the prison guards, cops and firefighters.

That election also greased the skids to set into motion the re-invigoration of the dwindling political career of Jerry Brown.

After two terms as governor of California (1975-1983), Jerry Brown ran unsuccessfully for president in 1976 and 1980. In 1982 Brown ran for U. S. Senate, and lost. He then retreated to Japan to study Buddhism, and receive healing with Mother Teresa in India.

Brown must have seen a flicker of hope, because by 1989 he had returned to the state and made a successful run for California Democratic Party chairman. Not long after assuming the role, he abandoned party politics to run for president in 1992 – a third time, and lost again.

Brown must have decided to take a few steps back before attempting to run for statewide offices, and ran for Oakland mayor in 1999. He won and served until 2007. Sometime during his second mayoral term, an emboldened Brown decided to run for attorney general, often a stepping stone into the governor’s office.

And, rather coincidentally, after 15 years of “dating,” he married his long-time girlfriend, Anne Gust, in 2005. She immediately set to work as his campaign manager for attorney general. Brown won in 2007.

Put all together, it is evident that Brown had a plan. And it is apparent that others in the Democratic Party had a plan for him as well. And of course the unions had their plan to elect their close ally Brown.

Brown pushed for and approved collective bargaining for state workers when he was governor, and marched with labor leader Cesar Chavez. He signed one of the country’s first agricultural labor relations law, allowing farm workers to unionize.

Why is it that unions are running the state? They control massive amounts of money. And we can all thank Jerry Brown. He is about to be re-paid by the unions that he helped put into power.  Unions have poured millions of dollars into his campaign to put him back into the governor’s office – it’s a textbook example of pay to play.

Punish your enemies, and reward your friends. Most of us are about to feel the punishment.

–Katy Grimes

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  1. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 29 October, 2010, 18:39

    Oh, yeah, and if Queen Meg were to somehow win the election, she would just ignore the Chamber of Commerce and big business and be an “even-handed” governor. Yeah, sure, when pigs fly. Her plan is straight out of the Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Jon Coupal playbook.

    Why is it that when the largest corporations in the state and outside oil companies like Vallero and Tesero plan to elect their close ally Whitman, that’s just dandy, but when unions support Brown, it’s a crime?

    HYPOCRITES!

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  2. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 1 November, 2010, 12:12

    Once again steveo, you dont deny the fact that a Brown victory will be union give away, you just try to deflect the attention away from the corruption & nepotism that has turned this state into a laughing stock. CA has been brought to its knees by union giveaways, yet you want that to continue at the expense of taxpayers. Thanks for deciding where a majority of my paycheck goes steveo.

    And the reason why people are outraged when unions get these backroom deals is because the unions do not create anything. They do not add value to our state. The work that is done by a majority of these public unions is not neccessary to the functioning of California, so the fact that they keep getting raises for simply filling space in a government cubicle is is a complete joke.

    The whole point of hiring union members used to be that you would get someone who is well trained and would do superior work. Unfortunately, these unions have turned into Political Action Committees and no longer care about the quality of work done by their members, they just care about recruiting as many people as possible in order to collect more union dues. Hell, if their members screw up the first time, it is actually better for the union because they get to send more union pawns out to do the work all over again, which means more fees paid to the union thugs. The quality trained workers in these unions are suffering because they have to deal with the other untrained union workers & corrupt union “Representatives”. The trained workers would be much better off without the unions.

    Look at every single industry that is held hostage by the unions. The unions do nothing except guarentee the inevitable collapse of whatever industries they infiltrate. The American Car industry has been ravaged by the unions and were forced to outsource a majority of their labor out of the country, or go bankrupt. Our government has been financially molested by government employee unions and they are broke. SEIU has dishwashers & bus boys making close to $100,000 which is forcing the hospitality industry to lose numerous businesses. No industry can thrive in the long term if the unions latch on to them. The unfortunate thing is that the unions are treating most of their members just as bad as they treat the employers. Their members are losing their jobs and having their benefits slashed, yet the unions continue to take larger percentages of their checks in order to fund their favorite politicians. Rather than spending the money they collect on training their members, the unions are blowing all of the money on paying their “Union Reps” to drive around in BMW’s and strong arm people. Every single time the unions kill of a company or even an entire industry, ALL of the union workers in that segment lose their jobs too. Michigan is a prime example of what the long term influence of unions will lead to.

    The amount of corruption & employee abuse that the union workers suffer at the hands of the union heads is much worse than they would encounter in the free market. The unions no longer serve the purpose that they were created for. Now they are just corrupt political activists and no longer represent the best interest of the people or their working members. The fact that people like steveo continue to try to defend the corruption & abuse is sickening & is encouraging the abuse of the working class people of this state and country. It is amazing what people like steveo will do for a check.

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