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Oh, Crap, Now It's In My Back Yard...

This is just what I need, right here in my back yard. The fight over public sector unions has come here to New Hampshire.

First up, the Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire sent their Communications Director to attend a GOP fundraiser recently. Prior to that job, though, Catherine Broadbent D'Ambruoso had been a reporter for a local radio station -- and she chose to cite that affiliation and not her current one when she was challenged at the door. 

But that's just the appetizer. The main course? Our public unions decided to stage a mini-Madison in Concord, occupying the gallery of the State House and shouting down the elected officials trying to conduct state business.

I find it most annoying -- but quite telling -- that these demonstrations always seem to happen on weekdays, when I and most people have to work. If these union members can just all take off on a business day to go yell at politicians (an activity that, in and of itself, is done far too infrequently), then obviously they are underworked and/or simply not that important.

There's one very important principle to keep in mind when dealing with public sector unions. In a proper parallel to the private sector, the politicians are the management -- charged by the owners to look after the owners' best interests. The owners in this case are the general public. The union members are also owners, but a very small minority who have found a way to leverage that ownership fraction into greatly disproportionate power and influence -- if not outright control -- who gets put into management positions, so they end up controlling both sides of the negotiating process.

Well, unions, I'm one of the owners. It's MY money that you're demanding more and more and more of, so you can bribe more of the managers who are supposed to answer to me.

That's starting to really piss me off.

And I'm far from alone.


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Comments (5)

Maybe its time to go on the... (Below threshold)

Maybe its time to go on the offensive, and start a business boycott of Public Sector Unions members and families as long as they support derailing the democratic process of the legislature.

The Lowell Sun covered it i... (Below threshold)

The Lowell Sun covered it in todays editorial.

Couple of excerpts:

"They also put government unions on notice that if they don't make major concessions at the negotiating table before the next contract expires, their collective bargaining rights on benefits and health care will be stripped."

"So, we have to commend our neighbors to the north for protecting taxpayers first and making sure New Hampshire's public treasury pays for essential government, not the luxuries of a pampered crowd."

And pampered crowd is exactly right.
Which is why the public unions are throwing tantrums.

Anyhow, congrats on having a legislature that sticks up for taxpayers. Here in Ma. it will never ever happen.

The answer is mass layoffs ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The answer is mass layoffs of public union members. Make the jerks work for a living like the rest of us.

It's telling when there's a blizzard and the city tells its workers that all non-essential personnel should stay home that virtually the entire city government except for police and fire dept stays home. We don't need 90% of these parasites.

I hope you guys out in NH h... (Below threshold)

I hope you guys out in NH have more backbone than we do in Wisconsin. Walker backed down and said the law is NOT in effect, just be cause some Dane County Liberal judge said so, instead of forcing the issue. Now the libs can wait for the Supreme Court, AFTER they push for an idiot to be elected to it next week. Meanwhile, our legislature is doing nothing about ramming a replacement bill through, voter ID, concealed carry or a host of other things they were elected to do, giving the dems a chance with their recalls.

Good Luck Out There!!

Today's Granite State Repub... (Below threshold)

Today's Granite State Republicans will NOT be intimidated.
And they will get any/all the backup they want, if it's ever needed..

Amazing changes for the BETTER are happening in NH. I'm glad I moved here to be a part of it.






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