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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Unions: The Axis of Intimidation, Waste and Entitlement - PhillyBurbs.com

My wife and I periodically reminisce to a time of days past when I hadn’t a political bone in my body. It was before moving to New Jersey. We were young, carefree and innocent. Those were certainly “the days”. I found myself getting annoyed as a New Jersey resident and I really didn’t know why. After a few specific incidents I got involved in our local Republican Party exactly when they were desperate for a Candidate for Mayor. I bring that up just to set the stage for what was to come. Please don’t be impressed. The Candidate was me simply because I was the only one out of 80,000 residents who didn’t know any better. I’m loyal as the most trusted dog, but maybe not overly bright. I’m willing to learn, though, of course. The next 6 months were the equivalence of earning a PhD in Political Science. What shocked me most was the whole “union” thing. I just didn’t know that human beings behaved like this. A very nice gentleman undertook a complete renovation of a dilapidated apartment building on a major thoroughfare. There was no downside whatsoever; or was there? Around that time an article in the Philadelphia Business Journal (June of 2003) revealed that the labor component of union work was 40% more expensive than free-and-open-market labor. In the name of saving $7 million the developer used non-union labor. He was intimidated on and off the site (to include in church) and was denied various permits by the County Office. This 40% extra expense for union work goes to union boss salaries and funding political campaigns for elected officials who deny permits to those who don’t use union labor. I’m just barely scratching the surface, but I don’t want to get off on too much of a tangent. As I began to discover more of the treachery of the Axis of Evil I was quoted in the paper saying, “I hope a Cherry Hill researcher doesn’t find a cure to cancer using non-union laboratory rats.” The next day my car had a screwdriver gouged across its entire length. I viewed that as a badge of honor. But what really bothered me about this environment was the overwhelming sheep-like behavior of the citizenry. They bow to these punks in a fear-induced zombie-like trance. It’s really weird and I truly don’t understand the obsession to complacency. Well, people are starting to understand that this can’t go on forever and that the day of reckoning is upon us. Many separate private and public unions, but I think they have more in common than not so I won’t separate them. Take my home city of Philadelphia where you can’t even blink without union approval (and that’s no exaggeration). The entitlement mentality of Philadelphia unions goes to a new high of other-than-human behavior. Thousands of businesses have not come to Philadelphia and other union cesspools like it and thousands more won’t. I’m convinced that this environment creates a profound dysfunction that intensifies with time that tragically minimizes the opportunities for those who haven’t fled. This leads to drugs, murder and robbery in direct correlation to the opportunities lost. Should we bring up the teachers’ union (speaking of drugs, murder and robbery)? Just Google my alma mater of the Neshaminy School District, but only if you have a barf bag nearby. They’re like the 6th or 7th highest paid out of 500 school districts in Pennsylvania and have recently thrown the students out of school with their second strike of this year. I really need to be in charge of this so I can throw them out and ban them from ever setting foot in front of a child ever. Are you ****** kidding me? So where does this all lead? It leads to you getting your head out of your ass and voting for elected officials with at least one ball. “No balls” simply won’t do from here on out. It’s truly out of control and the inefficient use of your tax dollars is a black hole of epic proportions. Many try to be nice and say that it’s the union leadership that’s the problem, but I disagree. It’s also the members. The days of being nice have expired and so has my patience with weakness. Thank you for reading and let’s get it together. Seriously. Stop it with your bull**** and wake the **** up.

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