Who Really Supported Scott Walker

Who gave his campaign that extra $20 million to prevail on Tuesday?  Who has a vested interest in seeing public employee unions defanged?

It hit me while reading ex-Knick and ex-NJ Democratic Senator Bill Bradley’s new book where he explained how the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission (which overturned the Tillman Act of 1907) allowed corporations to use their free speech rights to bribe politicians through campaign contributions.

It was the potential privatizers.  Those companies who will be brought in to run Wisconsin and would benefit from developments like this, as reported by the WSJ:

the single most interesting number in the whole race was 28,785. That is how many dues-paying members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees were left in Wisconsin after Mr. Walker allowed them to choose whether union dues would be taken from their paychecks each week. Before that, Afscme had 62,218 dues-paying members in Wisconsin.

Undermining public employee unions leads to fewer benefits for public employees which leads to fewer public employees which leads to more work for private individuals and corporations.  And the Democratic party doesn’t seem to mind too much.  In Bradley’s book (page 52) there’s this stunning quote:

“Government unions block accountability for the performance of government workers.”

And Union County’s all-Democratic freeholder board has privatized their engineering department, golf operations, much of their legal work, and plans for more:
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Anyone looking to bid for those jobs might want to contact the Union County Democratic Committee.
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And speaking of Union County, the UCWA will have a booth at the Westfield Street Fair tomorrow afternoon. Come pick up a free paper and gifts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Larry Littlefield on June 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    If you want to be ripped off by unions, vote for the Democrats. If you want to be ripped off by contractors, vote for the Republicans. Except in New York, where each party is prepared to have you ripped off both ways, with the proviso that the Republicans prefer the public safety unions and the Democrats prefer the “non-profit” contractors.

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  2. Posted by Tough Love on June 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Who cares who provided the money ……….

    If I have a choice of being ripped off by Corporate greed or Public Sector Union/workers greed, I’ll take the former any time ….. as in most cases I DON’T have to buy their products.

    I’m STUCK paying for (via my taxes) overpriced Public Sector services (via the current employee overcompensation) whether I want those services or not.

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    • Jury may still be out on privatization but in Union County with golf operations it’s been a disaster. Public workers might have gotten more salary and benefits than at private golf courses but the county privatized it in 2009 and is spending tens of millions of dollars more now (building a new clubhouse) in addition to paying KemperSports a management fee, a cut of profits, and construction management fees. Somehow when duping politicians, I see the private sector doing it better than the public.

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      • Posted by CW2 on June 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        You can’t blame the clubhouse on the private sector. That decision was made by the Freeholders. DeCotiis wouldn’t be ripping us off either if the FH’s did not allow it.

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      • Posted by 2016 New Jersey State Open Championship @ Galloping Hill on June 9, 2012 at 7:56 am

        KemperSports delivered on something.

        Union Co will host the 2016 New Jersey State Open Championship

        http://www.kempersports.com/pages/press_release/74.php?aid=202

        KemperSports salaries @ glassdoor, for those wondering if public or private sector workers get paid more:
        http://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/KemperSports-Salaries-E24013.htm

        But the real question is if Union Co should be maintaining a golf course and why? And if the golf course is sold off, what happens to it.

        BTW, maybe they can make the UC jail pay for itself by using prison labor as groundskeepers. Some might even have potential as golf pros.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on June 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Of TL would rather be ripped off by corporate greed because she is also profits though corporate greed. She works for the insurance industry!!! LOL

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      • Posted by Tough Love on June 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        Anonymous, I’ve told you several times I’m in the Financial service industry but do NOT work for any insurance company.

        Keep fighting pension reform ….. you’ll be rudely awakened at some point with little if any pension if your Unions succeeds in that goal.

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        • Posted by Anonymous on June 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

          TL says she is the Financial Service Industry, in other words she is well versed in legally stealing peoples life savings.

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          • Posted by Tough Love on June 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm

            Oh PLEASE ….. Public Sector workers (encouraged by their Unions and enabled by accommodating politicians) have cornered the market legally stealing the TAXPAYERS life savings.

            You wouldn’t last 2 weeks in a Private Sector job.

  3. Posted by muni-man on June 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Q. Who has a vested interest in seeing public employee unions defanged? A. Every average private sector TP who has been thoroughly gouged by taxes brought about by gooberment unions over the last 2 decades.

    “Government unions block accountability for the performance of government workers.”
    Duh, you really think so, Bill!! That’s a self-evident truth, right up there with ‘ya don’t spit into the wind’. They’re able to pull this crap off ad nauseam because they operate in a monopoly environment.

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    • It may be a self-evident truth but it’s unusual for a Democrat to verbalize it though Bradley’s days of trying to raise campaign money are probably over.

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  4. Posted by brooklyn91941 on June 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Be careful what you wish for! If you let these corporate interests take over the government sector and turn it into a money pit for them, the masses will lose. Any good that government entities provide will disappear. We will be left with for profit schools, hospitals, and best of all for profit government.

    Any hope of being anything you want in America will be gone. It only took several hundred years, but the Lords and Serfs has returned.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on June 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Hogwash.

      At least in the Private Sector there is worker accountability and customer choice.

      Neither exists in the Public Sector.

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  5. Posted by Javagold on June 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    The same Bill Bradley who single handily knocked down the right of the people of NJ to vote on sports betting in 1992. Sports betting which would have give NJ a grandfathered right for a sports betting monopoly east of the Mississippi. That Bill Bradley ? Fuck Bill Bradley !

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  6. Why do you have to privatize public services in order to cut costs? Just lower the wages and benefits of the public sector workers to private sector norms, and keep the private sector out of the equation. That’s how it used to work before the unions came in and ruined everything with their unaffordable demands and inefficient work rules.

    Opposing public sector unions – which even great labor heroes such as George Meany and FDR opposed – does NOT mean you are in favor of privatizing government services.

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  7. Posted by Leigh on November 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    You should think a little harder about what you’re advocating. You clearly lack an understanding of basic macroeconomics. Bill Bradley is a smart guy, and you’d do we’ll to take notes. If you’re not happy here then perhaps you should consider North Korea or Cuba. Those seem like a good fit for your limited intellectual faculties.

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