“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thug union tactics cost New Yorkers' lives

This type of behavior is typical of union thugs who demand lavish salaries and benefits and use extortion as a means of achieving it....

From the NYPost -- Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts -- a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned.

Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts

Public sector unions are the primary reason in my opinion why municipalities around the country are flirting with bankruptcy. The value of individual labor should be negotiated the same as any other commodity. Forcing wages and benefits far above what that economic model would otherwise define is unsustainable and we are learning that the hard way. And on the local scale, these strong-arm, union tactics cost at least 3 New Yorkers their lives because emergency vehicles couldn't reach them because of impassable roads that would have been cleared but for the union slow-down.


Bill said...

Also, remember who governs this city - the guy who wants to tell you how much salt to put on your food and whether or not (not) you can own a gun.

The hero of the "No Labels" movement, the non-partisan technocratic genius billionaire, Michael Bloomberg!

ed said...

This should pretty much douse any dreams he may have had about running for Pres. If he can't manage snow clean-up, how can he manage a country of 310 million?

Bill said...

I agree with you, Ed, except I keep remembering just who won in 2008.

ed said...

Stop peeing on my picnic Bill.

Every time I think a positive thought that would be good for the country like Bloomberg going away, some body reminds me that this country was dumb enough to let a slick, street-corner pamphleteer bamboozle them into electing him President.....heck, I guess that means anything's possible.

Bill said...

OK, look on the bright side. There's no way I can conceive of that we could do worse.

Anyway, I hope (and think) we're a much wiser country than we were in 2008.