Californikerende fagforeninger

Diverse — Drokles on February 22, 2011 at 4:01 am

Fred Singer skriver i American Thinker om Californiens økonomiske morrads bl.a om de offentligt ansattes fagforeninger

Many must be wondering whether the state of California is beyond repair. This is particularly true after the November 2010 elections when its citizens voted for the same politicians that have brought them the same failed policies. As deficits mount and taxes increase, productive people and enterprises are leaving California for more hospitable states. Inevitably, there will be a tipping point when the state divides between a large welfare population that controls the vote and the rich who live in gated communities but whose tax revenues cannot support the state’s obligations.

Good indicators of the outward migration are the prices of U-Haul vehicles. To rent a 26-foot truck one-way from San Francisco to Austin costs $3236, and yet the one-way charge for that same truck from Austin to San Francisco is just $399. Even so, U-Haul has to pay its employees to drive the empty trucks back from Texas.

According to CEI, California is a state where public employees have three times the pension benefits of private employees and 20% higher pay, in addition to secure jobs. This becomes quite evident when one looks at the salaries paid to California’s university administrators, where deans can make over $300,000 per year, according to the LA Times. Keep in mind also that the California education system is super-heavy with deans, provosts, and other administrators. Having served as a dean, I can vouch for the fact that deans are mostly paper-shufflers who have abandoned teaching and research.

It is not surprising that the politics of the UC faculty is heavily skewed. According to the LA Times, the ratio of political donations in 2008 to Democratic vs. Republican candidates was 800 to 1 for UC Berkeley — and even higher for some of the smaller campuses.

Wrote Jack Pitney, a professor at Claremont McKenna College, on the National Review’s blog. “California voters approved of President Obama’s performance by a 10-point margin, whereas the national electorate disapproved by nine points.” “It’s a different kind of state,” he said. That may be the understatement of 2010.

A large part of the state’s Democratic tilt comes from its massive Latino population, who voted for Democrats two to one. The Los Angeles Times noted that it made up 22% of the voting pool, “a record tally that mortally wounded many Republicans.”

Artiklen er, som næsten alt Singer skriver, værd at læse i sin helhed. På sin blog på Jyllands-Posten undskylder Claus Elholm fagforeningerne i flot ærkedansk socialdemokratistisk stil

Men herfra, og så til at erklære krig mod alle fagforeninger, er der langt. Især når man tager i betragtning, at den amerikanske middelklasse faktisk er skrumpet i takt med, at færre og færre er medlem af en fagforening, og at mange fagforeninger, modsat hvad der er den generelle opfattelse, faktisk har været villig til at tilpasse sig USA anno 2011. Det sidste har vi bl.a. set i forhold til Obama-administrationens “Race to the Top”, hvor et af kravene for at få fingre i de eftertragtede føderale dollars til at forbedre skoler, netop er fagforeningernes villighed til at gøre op med gamle dogmer om løn, pension, fastansættelse m.m.

I disse opstandstider lyder det lidt for meget, som en ængstelig standardmellemøstdespot’s løfter om snarlige reformer. Vi venter spændt på Gadaffivarianten, hvor reformløfter blandes med blodbadstrusler.

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