Welcome to Nazi Jersey

They held a public worker rally in Trenton today to protest pension and benefit reforms being legislated in New Jersey where Christopher Sheldon, Vice President of CWA District 1, had this to say:

As stirring as that speech might have been to some, it would have been more beneficial for his cause had the speech concentrated on the positive role of unions.  Possibly something like:

In the present state of affairs I am convinced that we cannot possibly dispense with the trades unions. On the contrary, they are among the most important institutions in the economic life of the nation. Not only are they important in the sphere of social policy but also, and even more so, in the national political sphere. For when the great masses of a nation see their vital needs satisfied through a just trade unionist movement the stamina of the whole nation in its struggle for existence will be enormously reinforced thereby. Before everything else, the trades unions are necessary as building stones for the future economic parliament, which will be made up of chambers representing the various professions and occupations.

A little dry but the author makes a solid point about the importance of the union movement.  If you care to read  more of this pro-unionist the entire book, from which this passage is excerpted, is here.

Mr. Sheldon’s incendiary rhetoric was cribbed, almost verbatim, from the Wisconsin playbook.  It would be a distraction from a serious debate were a serious debate going on.  As it is, I have seen no news story or press release with any numbers as to savings to taxpayers or projections of how much longer the pension would survive with these ‘reforms’ presumably because either people don’t care (they’ll be for or against anything they’re told to be for or against) or those who do know the real numbers realize how pathetically weak these annual ‘reforms’ of the New Jersey pension system continue to be.

As it is, the best any New Jerseyan concerned with not being embarrassed on a national stage can hope for is that nobody notices that Osama bin Laden used non-union labor.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by art on June 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    you may be familiar with Godwin’s law that states “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” Coined by Mike Godwin in 1990.
    Once it invoked the side choosing it is discredited.. You in NJ are lucky to have Christie- we in your sister state of Conn (1/3 the size but exact same profile economically, demographically, etc) have Malloy

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    • I became aware of Godwin’s law through researching this blog but I’ve heard the argument before – and I disagree with it. I see the Hitler parallel as useful especially where blind allegiance to demagogues is exhibited as in these types of union rallies..

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  2. Posted by muni-man on June 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    The arguments of the union leaders presenting their cases to the Legislature yesterday were really lame and they came across as whiners on TV. They all spew out the same song and dance routine, although this one CWA guy was clearly in his own orbit in some distant galaxy.

    It appears that the pension changes are permanent (is para. 26c1 the 1/7th, 2/7th reference to the state’s required ARC or is the state required to cough up the true ARC?) but that the healthcare expense contribution schedule contained in para. 39 expires 4 years after the bill is signed per para. 83, after which time the unions will presumably go hammer-and-tong to rollback healthcare contributions via elimination of this section entirely. Really didn’t want to see that sunset provision but there’s no question this requirement will help town budgets tremendously over 4 years, so it’s a big plus for TP’s. Maybe Nov. will rearrange the deck chairs enough to allow the GOP to prevent a future rollback from happening. It will be very interesting to see how Dems in general and the unions in particular handle the seats of Sweeney, Oliver and the other Dems who voted for this bill. I mean who are the unions gonna vote for now – Republicans? (lol). At a minimum, I’d guess Sweeney and Oliver will likely be stripped of their leadership positions by the other Dems. If the remaining Dems somehow block this bill, all hell is gonna break loose down there.

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  3. Posted by Mr. Chrisite on June 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    No wonder so many of us who lived on the Jersey border with PA moved to PA… you guys over there are nuts. School administrators are nuts. The gvt is nuts.. You are still and always will be a subsidiary of the mob run Atlantic City…..

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  4. Posted by rocky on June 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I just changed my residency to Pennsylvania , but I think NJ will just be one of the first dominoes to fall and eventually the contagion of something for nothing wealth redistribution and buying votes by promising overly generous benefits to the public sector will bring down most, if not all, states in this country.

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