Labor Losse…


Labor Losses Imperil Democrats

The Republican victories in the Walker recall election and the two prior recall elections against Judge Prosser and then against Republican state senators in Wisconsin demonstrates that one of the most unionized states in the nation can no longer defeat sensible and stalwart conservatism.  Republican state governments are chipping away at Big Labor all over the nation, and each victory diminishes the power of labor nationally to affect elections.  Indiana became the first state since Oklahoma to adopt Right to Work, but others may follow, especially Wisconsin.   
Republicans ought to push the dinosaur of Big Labor as hard as they can.  An article in the Wall Street Journal reveals just how active organized labor is in American politics — it spends four times as much as previously thought, or about $4.4 billion from 2005 to 2011, and nearly all of this $4.4 billion goes to Democrats.  This dwarfs the $700 million the Obama campaign spent in the 2008 election and the $200 million reported so far as collected by Obama. 
Unions for workers in the private sector have been declining for some time; they account for only about 7% of private-sectors workers.  Unions for public employees, however, have grown.  This is particularly troubling because, as the public employee union bosses boast, “[w]e elect our bosses.”  This unhealthy relationship has led to compensation and retirement plans which have swamped state and local governments. 

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