In an article written by Charley Shaw June 16, Politics in Minnesota, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson was quoted as saying, “At every turn, Tom Emmer has opposed job creation, opposed investing in students, and opposed making health care affordable”. http://politicsinminnesota.com/blog/2010/06/afl-cio-passes-on-gov-endorsement/
Countless articles replicating this same quote are plastered all over the internet; again, where is the substance and facts? Where is the follow through? Unions are bankrupting the state of Minnesota and the United states.
The legacy benefits were negotiated with the unions back in the 80’s when the economy was booming. Big business and government “gave away the farm”; now, they are in a down ward spiral and owe benefits they can’t afford. Is it time for another unsustainable bailout for the unions? If it is, where will the money come from the next time government or business is on the edge of bankruptcy? Union members should be disturbed, because if the unions continue to push business to the brink, they will push them right into the ground, and leave union members unemployed just like Detroit. Does this ring a bell? It should.
According to some people, “big businesses are sending our good jobs overseas”. The average factory worker in China makes $1 per hour, while the average factory worker in the United States makes $23. In order to be competitive in global economy, organizations must compete for a profit, or they will go out of business.
Organizations like Coca-Cola spend hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure in the communities where they build factories in other countries. Organizations must invest in human capitol, and do whatever it takes to make the local community stable for their work force; In turn, they get cheap labor, and productive happy employees. Why would union members not see this coming, yet continue to move in the direction of demonizing the hand that feeds them? Further, How much of the union dues actually go to help its members? In addition, how much money goes to political candidates and advertizing for a particular issue being lobbied by that union? The biggest question of all is, the constitutionality of government spending taxpayers money to lobby itself like AFSCME (American Federation of State, county and Municipal Employees).
Tom Emmer does not appose job creation, investing in the education of our students. Further, Can health care be affordable, or is that just the name of the bill? The government can’t just throw tax payer’s money at a problem and hope it sticks.
According to www.Emmerforgovorner.com “Today, an expansive and expensive state government has crippled our business environments and lost our greatest resource – our people. The state’s largest employers are now the State of Minnesota, our public university systems, and the federal government.”
Minnesota education according to Emmerforgovorner.com states:
“We need to give everyone a seat at the table. All voices and ideas are welcome:
• School Choice Public schools, private schools, charter schools, home schooling.
• Affordability Grants, scholarships, internships, public/private partnerships.
• Teacher Training Traditional teacher licensure and fast-track licensure programs for teaching-inclined professionals in some of our most innovative and needed fields.
• Compensation The world turns on incentive and teachers are no different; pay structures should be in place to reward strong and innovative work as in every other field.
• Funding Strides should be made to make per-pupil funding more equitable.
• Lessen Bureaucratic Morass Well-intentioned policies such as No Child Left Behind often leave our teachers and administrators overburdened with paperwork, little to no additional funding, and less time to teach our children; there must be a better way.”
Politics is being played to get elected, and candidates don’t have the moxie to do what it takes to make the hard decisions. Most candidates don’t seem to want a true solution to the problem of unsustainable spending and government expansion. Tom Emmer seems to be the only candidate with a plan that makes logical sense.