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Location: Yardley, PA (Bucks County), United States

Monday, August 13, 2007

Memories - The Evening Bulletin August 14, 2007

It's official - we've become New Jersey. Ordinance 369 was passed in Lower Makefield Township on May 2, 2007 to aid in the selection of "responsible contractors" for public projects that cost over $75,000. One of the conditions is an apprentice program requirement. Only unions (and potentially a handful of very large non-union contractors) have such programs. Could this be a backdoor way to ensure that all of this work goes to certain unions thereby greatly reducing free and open market competition to Lower Makefield Township taxpayers? The best choices should be based on quality and results and not on political power. Less competition means less innovation, less freedom, higher costs, less investment and fewer jobs.
Some unions have mastered how to buy public contracts by funding political campaigns. They routinely seek to influence who gets elected to decide how these contracts are awarded. The labor component of union work obtained through this sort of political manipulation is often 40% higher (Philadelphia Business Journal, June 13, 2003) than the free and open market. This excessive expenditure is what taxpayers pay to fund the campaigns that'll keep the "machine" going.
Could the appointment of the very ethically challenged New Jersey pay-to-play kingpin engineering firm of Remington & Vernick to places like Lower Makefield and Newtown Townships be the beginning of the end? I don't know, but I can't get the radio rebroadcast of the Hindenberg disaster out of my head whenever I think about it.
It's unfortunate to see good reputations questioned by an oversight that might be perceived as putting politics before what's really important. The problem with politics today is that the party bosses have become as useless as the union bosses they pander to. Someone once said that "Every garden will be invaded." and it looks like we're next.