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Critics of Wisconsin governor Scott -- say his proposal to strip unions of collective bargaining rights is more about power.
Then the budget.
And they're right but it's not about the governor's power it's the all mighty unions trying to hold on to their influence which is rapidly evaporating.
And while there are concerns this anti union feeling is spreading beyond Wisconsin to places like Ohio Indiana and California.
Guess what the reality is this Wisconsin was not the starting point for the decline in union power.
Stealing a point that today's Wall Street Journal unions have been flexing their muscles for years across the country.
Backing many efforts to expand the reach of government solidify their own power and the backlash is coming in places as disparate as Wisconsin and California.
Let's look to organ in 2010 the FC IU in the orient.
Education association spent nearly three million bucks to -- tax raising ballot measures.
Ballot measures 66 and 67 raise taxes in or on Oregon -- -- -- live in Oregon.
By 702 point seven million dollars annual.
Annually in Arizona that sales tax was raised by 8% thanks to lobbying buy public safety and teachers unions.
And in California back in 2004 the same group spent nearly five million dollars -- other -- On a campaign to raise income taxes on those making more than a million dollars.
Recently in New York is -- recession was taking hold then governor Paterson tried to make cuts to balance the State's budget but the unions were having none of it.
The New York State united teachers union spent close to a million bucks to stop a proposed cap on property taxes.
And it's not just teachers.
Health -- union spent that much to fight proposed Medicaid cuts so in the -- New Yorkers were forced to pay more in taxes.
It's not just state leaders that are forced to fight unions are practically every budget proposal.
They have enormous power when it comes to Washington.
And they have no plans on relinquishing it.
Three out of the top ten biggest political contributors on the federal level guess what they -- unions.
-- -- comes in at number three giving 43 million dollars over the past two decades the National Education Association gave 31 million.
Making it number eight and rounding out the -- the FBI you donated 29 million dollars of the last twenty years.
95% of all these donations went to guess what Democrats.
But the times are changing.
The public is fed up with unions being able to dictate how much they make and frankly how little they contribute to their retirement health care plans while the rest of us guess what we don't have that option.
A new pew research poll shows less than half of Americans have a favorable view of unions.
And the majority would side with businesses and their disputes with the labor groups.
When unions were created they were designed to protect the American worker from abuses at the upper level.
They were designed to give the American worker a voice but those days are long gone now they fight to maintain their power at the detriment to the American taxpayer.
They are unwilling to budge on even the most obvious and simplest of issues.
It's time to put all workers on equal footing and work together to bring back fiscal sanity to our states.
If you're fired.
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