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  • Why Unions Want Higher Taxes

    The AFL-CIO and MoveOn hold a tax day rally protesting against corporations in Boca Raton, Florida.

    No one likes tax increases, right? Not quite. Government unions do.

    In California, government unions recently postponed their contract negotiations until after a vote on an initiative that would hike taxes. The unions support the initiative, and they don’t want their new contracts to cause Californians to vote no.

    Their concern is understandable. Heritage senior policy analyst Jason Richwine estimates that on average government employees in the state make 30 percent more than their private sector counterparts. The minimum retirement age for most government employees in California is 50. To maintain this, unions want—and need—more taxes.

    Similarly, in Nevada, government unions are spearheading a ballot initiative that would hike business taxes. According to reports:

    The group [Nevada AFL-CIO] will push forward to collect the 72,352 signatures by November 13 to take the tax proposal to the 2013 Legislature.… The proposed tax, which would be assessed on net business profits in excess of $500,000 at a rate of 2 percent, has been projected by some analysts to bring in about $1 billion a year to the state general fund.

    Raising business taxes in a weak economy costs private-sector jobs—but that does not deter government unions. Higher taxes still means more for them.

    In Massachusetts, unions are pushing for a $1.37 billion tax hike. They want to raise the state income tax to almost 6 percent. As the spokesman for a coalition of government unions complained, Massachusetts does “not have a revenue system that is bringing in enough revenue.” But has a government union ever concluded that a tax system brought in too much revenue? Government employees in Massachusetts, of course, can start collecting pensions at age 55.

    Tax increases hurt the economy. They cost jobs. They take money out of taxpayers’ pockets. But they (usually) mean more money for the government—where most union members now work. Small wonder, then, that the union movement campaigns so heavily for them.

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    19 Responses to Why Unions Want Higher Taxes

    1. Stirling says:

      I never thought I'd be alive to see American Union workers holding up Union signs that are similar to what was held up in Germany in the 1930's. Our country durring WWII even taught our citizens the dangers of Socialism, Marxism in our schools, and now these Unions have adopted that which we preached against.. Union members please read your history to understand which side of the fence you are being put on here by your bosses.

    2. Bobbie says:

      Unions attached to democrats attached to government means only one thing! CORRUPTION! Part of the conspiracy to overthrow! Government and their union goons greed puts America and the world in need! Hopefully their members will take Stirling's advice!

    3. I once sat across he table from a group of Union representatives. We were discussing the possibility of them helping us (management of a steel foundry) come up with some mutually agreeable changes to work rules to make the operation more efficient and improve quality. The foundry was losing money and had been for more than 5 years. After about an hour of getting nowhere, the Local Union President leans on the table, looks me dead in the eyes and says "Losing money is not my problem, it's yours. Your not going to save one dime by getting us to change the rules we have negotiated over the years." So I told him that the foundry would probably have to close and everyone would be out of a job. Again he said "not my problem", and "I don't believe you will do that". It should come as no surprise that we closed the foundry and 300 employees lost their jobs. The point is that these unions will bleed you to death, they just don't care – it's not their problem. The union leaders are the worst – they get paid up until the very end…

    4. Whose your daddy says:

      Stirling is right – just a decade ago people would see the message in gross inequality, and pay your fair share.
      People are thinking of their personal finances, not thinking of what their union bosses are actually saying/the same rants as a socialist dictatorship.
      Socialism, and dictatorship (which this administration is supporting, and enforcing with EPA and other federal mandates) is takes over with cheers of acceptance.
      — from the 5000 year leap book by Skousen(1981)/National Center for Constitutional Studies(2006)
      pg.117 “A Lesson from Communism – When the Communists seized power in Hungary, the peasants were delighted with the “justice” of having the large farms confiscated from their owners and given to the peasants. later the Communists leaders seized three-fourths of the peasant land and took it back to set up government communal farms. Immediately the peasants howled in protest about their property “rights.”
      Those who protested too loudly or too long soon found that they not only lost their land, but also their liberty. If they continued to protest, they lost their lives. – pg.29 The Founders Warn Against the Drift Toward the Collectivist Left – “They warned against the “welfare state” where the government endeavors to take care of everyone from the cradle to the grave. Jefferson wrote: If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy. (Bergh, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:342.)” – pg.42 “The First Great Commandment – Ciero had comprehended the magnificence of the first great commandment to love, respect, and obey the all-wise Creator. He put this precept in proper perspective by saying that God's law is “right reason.” When perfectly understood it is called “wisdom.” When applied by government in regulating human relations it is called “justice'” When people unite together in a covenant or compact under this law they become a true “commonwealth,” and since they intend to administer their affairs under God's law, they belong to the commonwealth.” – p.43 “The Second Great Commandment… “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” -pg291 “Slavery or involuntary servitude is the result of either subjugation by conquest or succumbing to the bondage of debt…”
      — “Think what you do when you ruin in debt; you give to another power over your liberty.” – Benjamin Franklin
      — It seems many of the Republicans' have unintentionally allowed the left, and far left to take over what once was a Republic.
      Thank God for places like Heritage, where all views are considered, which includes real solutions, rather than rhetoric.
      — The left has managed to make interest in politics a negative probably because if more people had a interest in what affects their daily lives, and knew there is something they can do about this – the left "reforms" would die.
      — Getting Obama and his goons/czars out of office seems to be most important – people are interested in how will this help me, therefore connecting his far left policies with the economy seems to be most important.
      — The economy – it gets harder to be self sufficient every day – we don't need governments "answers" – we've seen enough of their "reforms".

    5. @ea32da32 says:

      They also want their pensions covered. I wish them all the worst.

    6. Bobbie says:

      it's very disappointing!

      if they weren't wrongfully influenced the sign would read honestly:

      What do they want to come out of this that can't be done without this? facetious! because what they want is never going to come to be. government will take the whole cut just because they can…
      …more money for government entities is more corruption. enough is too much!

    7. Winghunter says:

      The American Patriots who started Unions would spit in these Useful Idiot's faces!

    8. Very soon the rank and file are going to find it necessary to choose a side. The taxpayers can not continue to support the life style union leaders demand. The union leaders have shown time and again they will turn down a revised contracts, reducing costs, so rank and file jobs are lost. The union leaders have been and will continue to cost their members jobs.

    9. phil hedo says:

      Public Unions are the scourge of our society. They bleed us time and again, and most union workers are generally uneducated or undereducated, and therefore, society is giving away extravagant benefits to people who are not worth the extravagance (as measured by the VALUE of their contribution to society).
      Romney was right back in 2008 when he opined that the answer to the auto industry problem is to let those companies go into bankruptcy reorganization so as to redo all the union contracts, which have been strangling US auto quality and competition.

    10. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      To prove that they can royally screw us.

    11. Guest says:

      What a load of crap! Businesses in this country are sitting on huge cash reserves, while earning record profits. If a business has the need for more employees, they hire. If they have no demand for their products, they have no need to hire. Supply-side economics totally ignores the fact that it is demand that drives businesses – why invest in business if there is no demand?

      Just as you ignore the fact that the poor in this country do not go hungry BECAUSE of food stamps, you willfully fail to acknowledge that government workers do better than private sector employees BECAUSE private companies can and have reduced wages and benefits despite productivity increases.

      There is something seriously wrong in the values system of people who believe that an average middle class employee of the government should have their wages and benefits REDUCED to match the behaviour of the most miserly corporations rather than advocating for policy initiatives that RAISE the wages and benefits going to private sector employees. I don't see any articles advocating C-level corporate employees have their wages and benefits decreased because non-C-level employees do not get as much, even when they have similar educational and experiential backgrounds.

      It isn't a matter of some people in this country being overpaid as much as it is a vast majority being underpaid.

      • Bobbie says:

        You should try thinking for yourself sometime!

        Our freedom of choice controls businesses and the wages to their employees. Government freely chooses to take from us what they don't earn and are more trouble than their worth who has nothing to show for the work they pretend to do and without our freedom of choice.

        Why should government workers wages be determined according to people that don't pay them and obligated on people that are opposed to unconstitutional law by unconstitutional government, actually in vile abuse of the tax payers!?

      • Stirling says:

        Businesses are sitting on money because of the Administrations policies.. (Obamacare, Dodd/Frank, etc)

        The "values" system is just the facts of a free market system that sets prices, wages, and allows anyone to risk their money to bring a product to market for the benefit of everyone based on demand. The private sector competes for business, investors, and profits. The government sector DOES NOT since it consumes the wealth of the private sector to pay for it's largess (needed, or not).

        If you would understand that we "The People" are the Employer (who pays) the Government. You would understand that "The People's" income can not support a government that costs more then "The People" make. Since the private sectors income is based on the free market you can't just raise the private sectors pay without the economy growing to support the pay raise. See Economics 101, not Socialism 101.

    12. Jeanne Stotler says:

      Unions were formed to prevent sweat shops that occurred in the 30's and exploiting workers to work long hours for pitance pay. When my late husband joined the Union the Bus Companies would not give enough time between shifts and breaks during the day for lunch. Now we have Federal laws as to how long person can work, breaks, and in transportation, how long a driver can be on the road, and howlong he MUST be off the road. This was fo safety of all of us who drive. Unions today are money grubbing and politacal terrorist, they wan to decide who sits in the WH and they take members money to do this. Toward the end, we saw ads and letters telling us WHO TO VOTE for, I threw them all away, I vote for whom I think is he best person, regardless of party, although I am primarily a REp. but definite a conservative.

      • O2BMe says:

        I agree with Jeanne When my father worked in the steel industry the meetings were rigged. If they didn't want to go on strike they were shouted down land threatened. He stopped going to the meetings. The reason the businesses are sitting on their money is they don't know what is going to happen to them with all the new regulations and Obama Care. More and more jobs are going to move overseas where they have more freedom to operate. Look what happened to Boing when they wanted to build a plant in a freedom to work state.

    13. Lloyd Scallan says:

      In case anyone cares to realize why we are bleeding jobs overseas and U.S. companies are moving their entire operation to foreign soil, look no further than unions. They will continue to drain every drop of blood until this entire nation and our Western way of life is dead.

    14. Yeoldgrump says:

      I've lost count of the trucking companies tha have closed their doors, because the union would demand more than the company could afford.

    15. Here's the closest thing we have to a "magic bullet" to counter the incredible labor unions' power:


      Pass laws that employers cannot withhold union dues used for political purposes without the express written permission of each union member. At the very least, apply such laws to government labor unions.

      Where such laws have been passed, the dues collected have been cut up to 85%. No single piece of legislation would better "level the playing field."

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