From Tony Passaro and Cindy Sharretts:
Americans have the freedom to choose their associations, and the activity of those associations.
Employees’ wages and compensation are paid for from economic activity. Private businesses create economic activity. Government only spends the proceeds of that activity, does not itself create wealth, and continually taxes the American people in order to sustain itself…. That is not a criticism. It is an inherent difference.
In the case of Private Sector Unions, the “shareholders” have a voice in all issues regarding costs… With Public Sector Unions, the “Shareholders” (the American Tax Payers) are shut out from the negotiation process and not permitted “to have a seat at the table”…
Decisions to raise wages and or benefits are made with no input from those that must pay the final bill….The American Tax Payers…. All WE get are more increases in our taxes…..
Remember the revolutionary phrase “No Taxation without Representation”? ….Well, who represents the American Tax Payers in Public Sector Union negotiations…??? Answer: NO ONE!!!!
Private businesses must continually innovate, not only in their products and services, but also in the administration of their enterprise. Conditions change regularly, and businesses must adapt to find ways to make the business model work, to pay employees and to continue to make a profit, for re-investment and to benefit the “owners” (stockholders). Businesses cannot remain viable with high levels of entitlement or with worker benefits that destroy the “bottom Line” or BUSINESS PROFITS….
Government is not business. Many hardworking employees are hired by government, which is then obligated, and rightfully so, to compensate them for their work. But government agencies do not create economic activity nor do they innovate, because they inherently do not have economic incentive to compete, turn a profit, or even become more efficient or control costs.
People are mistaken if they believe that government employees should be given a higher level of benefits than employees in the Private Sector…, and it is egregious to justify the strong-arm tactics of Public Sector Unions who demand ever increasing benefits… and get them without offsets in productivity gains….
At times, government has given in far too many times to the demands of the Unions, even against economic logic.
The system of forced Union membership, required dues-paying and the power of Union lobbyists to influence government policies and budgets has brought governments to a place in which they are obligated to pay more than they have the means to pay, all from taxpayer revenue.
The demand to keep that system going is not founded on reality. The consequences of that path affects all of us, whether privately employed, employed by government, or even un-employed.
We all suffer the consequences of indebted governments. Government employees are valued, and have more guarantee of consistent compensation than most Private Sector Americans. There is room for adjustment, and there must be adjustment, if the government is going to be able to balance their books and continue to provide their services.
Cost reduction is taking place and will continue. This must include the reasonable solution of no longer using taxpayer funds to promise additional benefits of employment, well beyond those available to most privately-employed taxpayers.
The word “unsustainable” is not an empty adjective. We use it in describing government budgets, be they federal, state, county, or local, when the numbers do not add up, or in describing a business’s inability to turn to a profit for the enterprise….
Debt means subtraction from funds, not magic replacement. Government cannot sustain the current system of Union demands. There is a limit to “other people’s money,” or collected taxes. We need to be brave enough to look into
government ledgers and uncover the numbers hidden there.
Government employees need the freedom to look honestly at those same numbers, without misleading coercion, to realize that reasonable reform may help them keep their jobs. They must recognize that Union-led refusal to reform may eliminate their jobs, because of systemic government collapse or need for draconian solutions….
Governor Scott Walker has come up with reasonable solutions for enabling Wisconsin and its employees to continue to thrive, but the power hungry Unions have vilified his actions and intent.
The Unions do a disservice to their members by refusing to let reality cause reasonable reform. Most other employed Americans make hard choices, and do not ask government employees to do something which they themselves aren’t already doing, as they do not receive entitlements and fairy-tale benefits packages.
We are pledged to show support for Governor Walker’s type of reasonable reform of runaway government spending . Maryland is deep in debt and facing a crisis similar to Wisconsin ….
Democrats in the Maryland legislature are looking for ways to raise taxes even more. The taxpayers of Maryland, including consumers and all those who do business in our state, are suffering as government takes more and more of our limited funds. Emotionally and economically, many Marylanders are at, past, or near the breaking point. “Unsustainable” is not speculation. It is our present condition.