The case against the public employee unions 

Memo to Republicans: if you want to see how to make the case against the public employee unions who are destroying the private sector economies of some of our greatest states, you should read this press release from Mickey Kaus, the brilliant blogger who is running in the Democratic primary against California Senator Barbara Boxer. Key points: “We’re paying high taxes but we’re getting low services. Worse, the unions’ pay-today-forget-about-tomorrow attitude failed to plan for an economic downturn. As a result, the state and many cities and towns are looking into the abyss of insolvency. It is all coming to a head this year. Obama and Boxer are on the crushable side of a tsunami of voter discontent.” And that’s from a Democrat.

And remember: this is a legitimate national issue. One-third of the 2009 stimulus money went to state and local governments--an obvious payoff to the public employee unions which gave hundreds of millions of dollars to Democrats and got hundreds of billions of dollars in return, to insulate public employee unions from the effects of the recession which has affected everyone else.

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