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March 20, 2011

"Collective bargaining for more money to be collected by force"

"E pur si muove!": Why are Government Workers So "Entitled"? They sincerely believe that they have rights that people in the private sector do not have. Why?
I mean this seriously as a question. I am struggling to understand. In my moral universe, the income of the government worker is more, not less, ethically dubious than that of a private worker. If you are flipping burgers in the private sector, every penny of your income comes from people who like your burgers enough to pay for them. They are glad to do so. In government work, every penny is extracted by force from somebody like the burger-flipper, someone who produces goods and services sold in the marketplace. How can anybody think this is a right, let alone collective bargaining for more money to be collected by force?

Posted by Vanderleun at March 20, 2011 11:27 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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You are completely correct. Public employee bargaining is relatively new and should be abandoned. In any event, the rest of us are not going to live in cardboard boxes in order that public employees can live high on those pensions, law or no law.

Posted by: Quent at March 20, 2011 1:44 PM

"Show me a man that's not a parasite and I'll say a prayer for him." Dylan - Visions of Johanna.

Posted by: Denny at March 20, 2011 3:23 PM

My sentiments exactly. The private sector that does not have government ties (it is not mandatory by law that people purchase the service or product) depends entirely on the free will of the customer.
Public service employees exemplify the idea that government is a force, for by their example, they intend to be a force to be reckoned with.

And for the small businessman, every day they interact with customers is like interviewing for a job and asking for a wage.

Posted by: Ralph at March 20, 2011 5:28 PM

Government employees believe that they provide a valuable service, and therefore deserve their pay. That's it; that's the extent of their analysis of the situation.

They don't ask - and certainly don't want to be told - what is behind the source of that pay (a man with a gun). Anyone here tried to point this out to a "public servant"?

Posted by: Brett_McS at March 21, 2011 4:30 AM

Union employees think they have walled themselves off from reality and they have for years. Now that the world is crumbling, they a desperate to stay behind the wall. The longer you are removed from reality, the more frightening reality seems. I saw the same thing when I was still playing with airplanes. The employees of Eastern AirLine had made their deals, their airline was now going broke while the owners were looting the company and the union members were quite content to have their employer fold, and they lose jobs, so long as the owners were also screwed. It's called malicious envy. "Better my enemy suffer, than I succeed."

Posted by: Scott M at March 22, 2011 3:00 AM

Sounds like the IRS to me....."more money to be collected by force."

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston, Texas at March 22, 2011 4:37 AM

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