Tuesday, May 05, 2015

John Kennedy doomed blue states and cities

FDR knew that public employee unions were poison. They concentrate power among a group that can hold the public good hostage and create terrible conflicts of interest among politicians. One party has catered to their ever increasing demands and has been rewarded with almost perpetual power in many if our larger cities and more liberal states. But to get and hold power through the votes and money of public unions is to do a deal with the devil - a lesson city after city and state after state is learning as the  ludicrous retirement schemes they've acquiesced to to keep labor peace now come due. On top of that the unions have made America's unaccountable legal system even more impervious to true reform.

Cities like New York and states like California have gleaming facades that are under girded by rotten fiscal arrangements doomed to collapse. And it will sweep away any pretense of liberal "policy" superiority in an orgy of lawsuits and recrimination.

All to keep a promise that helped get wonder boy Kennedy the job his daddy always wanted him to have.

That began in January of 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988, which ushered in a broad expansion of public unionized workers, who had not received collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. The 1935 act confined collective bargaining rights to private sector industrial unions.

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