The eagle in the attic.
I was stopped at a traffic light in Salisbury, Mass., and I looked up into the highest window of an old house by the road. The funny thing was, I was out looking for bald eagles. This was the first one I saw that day.
Reading the paper, I see there will be a pro-Wisconsin-workers rally in Portsmouth this Saturday (at least it’s not during a “work” day). The spokesperson interviewed for the story says her sign will read “Protecting working families and the middle class.”
“There are some very dangerous things happening in the Legislature, and people, I think, feel really distressed,” said Stradtman, who has a history of local political activism. “We have the opportunity to make a statement and are feeling more confident in the ability to push back.”
State legislation proposed by the N.H. GOP majority includes calls for pension reform and the ability for workers to decide whether they wish to join labor unions.
Apparently, the new meaning of “working families” and “middle class” is public sector union activists (and DNC activists who don’t want a major source of campaign funding to dry up) focused on protecting their own pay, benefits, and collective bargaining “rights” at the expense of everybody else whose taxes fund public sector jobs. (See James Taranto: The Means of Coercion.)
Speaking of “rights,” I think it’s practically criminal that many workers cannot choose to whether or not to join a union. And in New Hampshire (as in Wisconsin) public sector union dues are automatically withheld from paychecks. Of course that money is spent trying to elect Democrats, whether or not individual union members want that.
Follow the money, Washington reporters like to say. The money in this case comes from taxpayers, present and future, who are the source of every penny of dues paid to public employee unions, who in turn spend much of that money on politics, almost all of it for Democrats. In effect, public employee unions are a mechanism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the Democratic Party.
The woman in the article is a “mother of two” – just like me! (But why does it matter?) I’m pretty sure I recognize her photo as someone I saw during health care demonstrations and “town halls” a year and a half ago, maybe holding a “Thank you, Carol Shea-Porter” sign.
Well, New Hampshire voters thanked Carol right out of a job last November. The unpopular health care law (and the way it was passed), along with the bailouts, failed stimulus, unemployment, and insane national (and state) debt, is the reason New Hampshire voters sent unprecedented numbers of Republicans to Concord and Washington last November – just like Wisconsin did.
Now these legislators are doing what they said they would do. (And voters would be pretty irate if they didn’t.) That’s how representative democracy works. Thank God (and knock on wood) we’re not a protest-rally-ocracy. At least not yet.
(Oh look, our local mother of two is a “grassroots organizer” for Organizing for America. And has demonstrated with SEIU. And was involved with SEIU-funded Health Care For America Now and OFA. Simple reporter question: is she paid to be a grassroots mother-of-two activist?)
MA Dem rep to unions: Time to ‘get bloody’
MoveOn 50-state mobilization, Saturday at noon
Fool that I was, upon my eagle’s wings
I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring,
And now he mounts above me. – John Dryden