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Published: Monday, March 14 2011 4:25 p.m. MDT

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procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

What a surprise!

Venal educator trade unions exalting personal desires above both the needs of students and the abilities of taxpayers to fund them? Who'da thought?

Notice that in Texas -- as in Wisconsin and elsewhere -- it's not tax paying parents of students supposedly affected by proposed cuts, out there on picket lines, demanding higher spending, threatening union thug tactics, and encouraging disrespect for the law.

It's self-interested trade unionists. As usual.

As goes Texas, Wisconsin, and way, way too many other states, so goes Utah. Forever missing at the bargaining table are those of us who have to pay the bills for political cowardice and incompetence.

Utah solons wimped out this year, thinking they bought a year's peace. But, by so doing, they only emboldened union bosses. It'll be interesting to count how few days or weeks pass before UEA bosses begin twisting school board and legislative arms, making ugly "job action" threats, and protesting.

Well, at least we've got a newly renovated state capitol building for them to take over.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@procuradorfiscal

"As goes Texas, Wisconsin, and way, way too many other states, so goes Utah. Forever missing at the bargaining table are those of us who have to pay the bills for political cowardice and incompetence."

You mean the people who you vote for don't represent you? You are obviously a Republican in a state that is overwhemlingly reprsented by Republicans, yet you complain? Maybe you keep electing weak leaders and this is the reward?

I guess public employee should just roll over and accept whatever you decide? Is that the Republican way?

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "You are obviously a Republican in a state that is overwhemlingly reprsented [sic] by Republicans, yet you complain?"

[Nervous, "Ahem"]

[Whispered aside] Don't tell my friends, but I have never registered anything other than Democrat during a voting life roughly double yours, judging by your touted high school graduation in 1985.

But being a Democrat doesn't mean I have to be an idiot -- at least it never did before now.

And, yeah, I'm worried about politicians, of whatever stripe, being co-opted by vocal, venal, violent educator trade unions. Unfortunately, those of my party have already been seduced by the dark side.

Here's hoping those on the other side of the aisle have the common sense, as well as the sense of their constituencies, to stand up to union pressure tactics, carrots as well as sticks, and do what the people who elected them want done, rather than caving in to narrowly-focused, self-interested union bosses.

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