For pity’s sake. Would someone please explain to me how state legislators work up the unmitigated gall to just disappear when tough issues arise? It is fine to disagree with the path your opponents across the aisle are taking. It is even fine to disagree with your constituents. But to leave the state in order to deny a quorum to your colleagues is revolting and childish.
Public unions have ridden roughshod over taxpayers for decades. Now taxpayers are pointing out that they are the ones with whom unions must negotiate, not unions’ political bedfellows. Taxpayers might be amenable to paying reasonable wages to firefighters, police officers, and teachers, but they sure as hell aren’t going to pay just anything the unions demand. Push-back was inevitable and now the unions are flabbergasted that someone has called them on their arrogance.
These times call for cool heads and solid reasoning. Instead we get tantrums from people who look like adults but are apparently incapable of acting so. If there are arguments as to why public unions should not be subject to increased contributions to their benefits, let them be heard. If there are reasons they should retain collective bargaining rights, let those reasons echo in the halls of state capitols.
At the same time, let the taxpayers be heard. Let those who pay defend defend their position forthrightly. No one is asking state employees to work for free; citizens are asking that they be subject to the same laws of supply and demand as regular folks. If Bill and Mary want more than the market will bear, they have to find work elsewhere. Even a private union has constraints placed by the market. Bargain too hard and the company goes bust.
One wonders just where these shirkers will be when the last check is written, when the last dollar is gone, and when the citizen/host has been sucked dry. The unions cannot be saved by continuing business as usual. State employees, like everyone else, must face the music. Nobody likes it, but we can survive it. That is, unless the cowards now hiding under a motel bed are allowed to win.