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Tag Archives: SEIU

Business vs “the people” in Chicago mayoral race? No, one crony group versus another

Former Obama chief of staff and current mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel is in the fight of his political life right now. Unable to garner more than 50% of the votes in last month’s mayoral election Mr. Emanuel now finds himself duking it out in a runoff with Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Rahm is still favored, but Garcia is giving it a real run.

The race has been characterized as a battle between different wings within the Democratic Party. Rahm Emanuel we are told represents the “Wall Street wing,” whereas Chuy Garcia represents the “progressive wing.”

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More Left-fascism: Undercover journalist who brought down ACORN accosted (Video)

Let’s hope that this was just some random jerk. Let’s hope it wasn’t some union guy who knew exactly what he was doing, or was told to try to intimidate James O’Keefe by someone else.

That the recorded nut made reference to how happy he was that Andrew Breitbart was dead and how he would like to dance on Breitbart’s grave could be construed as a threat.

I sure hope it wasn’t a threat.

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Letting the cat out of the bag on the role of public employee unions

Some people get on us for pointing out that public employee unions are kind of a JV crony team which costs the taxpayers of this country billions each year. Invariably the people who benefit form unionized government work howl and insist that they are in fact the “good guys.” They are just trying to do their job and to be paid adequately for it. And oh, by the way, don’t touch their pension. We should focus our attention on the evil corporate America.

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You want $14.00/hour for unskilled work? OK, please meet your replacement. (Picture)

The SEIU and other unions want very much to turn fast food workers into a unionized force. The Dems want desperately to turn fast food workers into unionized voters. The “minimum wage debate” centers around giving unsophisticated potential voters something to motivate them to the voting booth.

The problem is an increase in the minimum wage will only hasten the destruction of low skill jobs.

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Forming a (Trans)partisan Consensus for Public Sector Union Reform

Public sector unions are out of control in this country. From sea to shining sea public “servants” have refused reforms to pension programs which threaten to derail public finances. Funding for police, schools, and roads is being sacrificed to pay for programs which benefit a narrow group of highly politically connected workers. Often public workers make six figure salaries when the people in the communities which fund these government workers on average make nowhere near that.

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This can’t be true: Union members paid to protest to counter WWII vets at memorial? Guy says he was paid $15 (Video)

According to reports the protest organized to deflect attention from WWII vets crashing the barricades (the guys are in their 80s) was organized by a group called “Good Jobs Nation” funded by the Teamsters, United Farm Workers, and other unions.

Protesters are hired all the time. I witnessed this myself first hand at an Occupy rally in 2011. We highlighted the phenomenon in this article also.

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My panel on crony capitalism at the 2012 Commit! Forum (Featuring David Stockman)

I wish I could have posted this in October when we did it but better late than never.

It opens with Bill Shireman, the CEO of The Future 500, a client of mine. He is then followed by a keynote from David Stockman discussing the book he was then writing, which has since become an instant classic The Great Deformation. Lastly is your editor and a great collection of guests talking about crony capitalism right before the 2012 election.

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