It may very well happen.
The disturbing protests that are spreading across Europe are setting the table for similar showdowns across America in the coming months and years. Public employee unions and their socialist allies will take to the streets of Washington, D.C. and state capitals as the federal and state governments finally deal with out of control spending.
It’s largely because, for the longest time, our elected leaders were more interested in courting unions for money and votes than keeping government spending in check.
And some are still putting the problem off – and actually making it worse – by continuing to negotiate multi-year contracts with unions with no real way to pay for them. That’s particularly true in our nation’s public schools.
In Anderson, Indiana, the union-controlled school board recently tried to pull a fast one and actully negotiated an unheard-of 10-year contract with the teachers union. Community outrage led to court action and the length of the contract was cut to 5 years – still way too long in this economic climate.
More recently, news surfaced that the state could be taking over that district because it could be insolvent within two years. But who cares? The union now has a signed contract that carries the weight of law. The children may not be learning, but at least the adults know somebody has to come up with their pay and benefits!
……We know how the unions and their socialist allies will react so we might as well get on with it. Hard-working Americans will stand with the leaders like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that are making the tough decisions for the good of taxpayers.
Americans stood with the Tea Party in the recent election and sent a clear message: get spending under control.
But doing that requires standing up to brute thugs. Let’s meet the AFL-CIO, SEIU, NEA and AFT in the streets. Our financial security depends on it.
I’m one of those Tea Party values-supporting Americans who will gladly face down any union thug. We’ve had it with the AFL-CIO/SEIU/NEA mafia. Their greedy sense of entitlement is part and parcel to the economic downfall of this country. The suck the lifeblood out of industry; the abandoned steel and auto plants across the U.S. serve as a reminder, in case you’ve forgotten.
Americans (both working class and wealthy) are sick and tired of the socialist kleptocracy in the government, and the union cohorts who helped put them there. All of the intimidation, money, and influence didn’t prevent them from getting a decisive kick in the ‘nads during the mid-term elections.
For decades the Europeans nurtured a socialist economic Nanny State. Now that the consequences have hit the fan in Greece, France, Brussels, Italy, Spain, and Latvia, we are witnessing riots and protesting on the part of an entitlement culture in response to austerity measures. The teat’s run out of milk.
Don’t be surprised if it happens here, especially when thugs like AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka touts big government rails against free market capitalism, and shrugs off the murder of non-union infidels:
Meet Eddie York. He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama’s teleprompter. A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.” Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?
I have a feeling that in the current atmosphere, Trumka and his merry band of goons would end up on a slab.