Saturday, February 9, 2013
Regular people, such as teachers, firemen and postal workers do good things for society. However, as FDR forcefully said that people who work for the government should not form labor unions. FDR said, "All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management." Public unions have pitted workers against citizens with the outlandish contract settlements, which include unheard of "automatic pay raises" for all workers independent of individual performance and no layoff clauses. These public union contracts are currently bankrupting the postal service, cities, towns, counties and yes NY State.
The Kingston Freeman published an excellent editorial on Feb.9, 2013 on Pseudo Democracy, where the secret, rushing the enactment of new state gun laws by Governor Cuomo and the state legislature was roundly criticized for violating all normal governmental steps that we learn in school civics classes. The Freeman expressed the total frustration that many NY State citizens have about our NY State government. In calling for the Repeal of the Triborough Amendment, we citizens are told by our elected assemblymen and senators that this repeal has no chance, since Shelly Silver and Cuomo are against it. Again, what happened to legislative hearings where citizens get a chance to push their wishes? NY State government operations including the way the latest Gun law was pushed through secretly makes us New Yorkers feel like we are living in a state in Communist Russia. I am sorry, but it is true.