Get yer hot links here

1.  Haley Barbour’s decision not to enter the 2012 Presidential race may make it more likely that Daniels will run. 

2.  As I hoped, Obama is apparently going to release his birth certificate – and nicely kill off the Trump balloon?  Still wonder why it took so long.

3.  According to the Boston Globe, the Democratic-dominated House in Massachusetts “voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.  The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.”

Where are all of the leftist critics (and their over-the-top rhetoric) of Gov. Walker on this one?

7 thoughts on “Get yer hot links here

  1. This is classic “Nixon to China”. When Democrats say this is needed and the workers will be treated fairly, they are believed. Walker, not so much…

  2. Clearly the right-wing extremists in Massachusetts are simply trying to destroy what remains of the middle class in this country at the behest of their fat-cat, Koch-brothering, corporate paymasters.

  3. The partisan political game at its finest… Neither side, of course, will ever admit that the failure is not restricted to those employed by government institutions but rather is ingrained in the institutions themselves, which seek to replace a free market with a centrally planned bureaucracy. No wage or benefit cuts will improve the quality of these so-called essential government services, which fail not because of high costs but because of monopolistic destruction of the free market and the eradication of any link between productivity and profitability.

    1. Do you think this applies to the police force as well? Ayn Rand sure didn’t…

      Not trying to be provocative, but I don’t understand how a private police force might work (‘properly’, or even in any way better than a public one).

      1. Since police forces serve no practical purpose. A fully private force can’t function any less “properly” than a public one. Professional police forces are a 20th century phenomenon. Prior to that, there were no professional police forces. There was not any more or less crime either. Nor were there as many silly laws for people to disobey.

  4. I also just read that Boston Globe article and I think the details of the Massachusetts legislation may have been relevant. The only thing that’s being limited in Massachusetts is their right to bargain on issues pertaining to health care. That’s a little different than getting rid of nearly ALL bargaining rights. I mean, in terms of public education, why weren’t specific aspects of teacher’s unions’ power limited (i.e. tenure)? I doubt there would have been the same degree of outrage.

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