02.21.11

Unions and 2 Year Olds

Posted in Politics at 2:22 am by Administrator

Unions and two year olds have several things in common. When they don’t get their way they throw a temper tantrum or demonstrate. Neither has a solution to the problem except trying to get their own way. Both require discipline for their own good.

Two year olds adjust rather quickly to discipline. Within minutes they have evaluated the situation and move on from their tantrum. Unions are slow to make adjustments because of their single-mined rationales. The only common good they care about is inwardly focused.

Unions depart from two year olds in that they deliberately try to produce FEAR – False Evidence Appearing Real. When throwing temper tantrums, unions try to present the illusion that management is taking advantage of them. In reality, management is giving workers an opportunity to earn money. If workers don’t like the working conditions or the pay, they should get a different job. Trying to induce FEAR in management is disingenuous. It’s a lie fueled by selfishness.

In the old days, intimidation through brute force was openly used as a bargaining tool. Today intimidation is publicly sought using the media to sway public opinion. Privately, intimidation is carried out through personal attacks and invading people’s private lives. Unions promote angry (child-like) assaults on any and all opponents.

Union temper tantrums are backed by insecure members and dictator-like leaders (with few exceptions). No body is forcing a person to work in a job that requires belonging to a union. So, insecurity must come along with the job. Union leaders rely on mandatory membership to even have a membership. Only dictators require that everyone belong.

Unions and the politicians they back are the downfall of a nation as exemplified by several European countries. Union members bossed around by the self-centered leaders drain the life out of taxpayers. Taxpayers vote in politicians to take on the duties of running a state or a nation. When those duties involve disciplining ‘out of control’ union contracts, unions revert back to their old selfish selves – demonstrating like two year olds!

Carry this philosophy into two current union situations. The Wisconsin balancing budget scene and the NFL contract situation have obvious solutions.

The Wisconsin public workers and teachers should be happy to have jobs. They are living in the past expecting to have their health care and pensions funded. Today everyone contributes to their own health care and pensions. Union workers should contribute equal to those in private sector jobs. Many in the private sector contribute 100% to both health care and pensions. The duly elected officials in Wisconsin should give ‘sickout’ workers a ‘back to work’ date or they are fired and replaced. Within a week every job would be filled. Fired workers would find out just how unproductive unions really are.

Professional football is entertainment for the masses. Football players do not have to play football to earn a living. Being an entertainer is an option football players choose. The NFL owners should hold out on the players. They should hire replacement players if they want to compete next season. There are plenty of coaches and players willing to play under terms similar to the current contract. The owners are the ones taking the financial risks. The players risk nothing to entertain. They might get hurt, but that is their choice to entertain besides they have disability insurance. Within two seasons the fans will be flocking to stadiums to be entertained because ticket prices will be at a level common folk can afford again.

Unions need to retool for the 21st century. They are living in the 1920’s instead of planning for the 2020’s. Self-interest unions need to epitomize a common societal good or go extinct.

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