- Dec 26, 2009
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
- Slightly Conservative
Pols turn on labor unions - Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.comSpurred by state budget crunches and an angry public mood, Republican and some Democratic leaders are focusing with increasing intensity on public workers and the unions that represent them, casting them as overpaid obstacles to good government and demanding cuts in their often-generous benefits.
Unlike past battles over the high cost of labor, this time pitched battles over wages and pensions are being waged from Sacramento to Springfield to New York City and the conflict is marked by its bipartisan tone, with public employee unions emerging as an intransigent public enemy number one in cities and state capitals across the country.
While I have my beef with unions and how they're run internally, I have to ask. Is it just the unions? Indiana is an example of a competently run government that didn't resort to going after the unions. Abuses should be minimized, yes, but this appears to be a strawman.