Dayton: Lawmakers are waging an "assa...

Dayton: Lawmakers are waging an "assault against good Minnesotans"

There are 9 comments on the Star Tribune story from Mar 19, 2011, titled Dayton: Lawmakers are waging an "assault against good Minnesotans". In it, Star Tribune reports that:

Last update: March 19, 2011 - 4:54 PM Gov. Mark Dayton reassured Minnesota's teacher's union that he would protect their bargaining rights Saturday and simultaneously issued a sharp rebuke of GOP lawmakers in St.

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Since: Oct 08


#1 Mar 19, 2011
dayton want to go after the bad minnesotans...those would be the rich

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Mar 20, 2011
In the private sector there are market restraints on what a union can demand. If UPS (union) workers demand too much in compensation as to render their company non-competitive with FedEx (non-union), they will lose business. This puts a real world restraint on what these unions demand in terms of compensation and benefits. Corporations can go out of business, which obviously would hurt the union employees. Government has no competition, and is in effect a monopoly in terms of the services that it supplies. Therefore, there is no similar control placed upon public sector union demands. If government workers go on strike, where else can consumers go to get their drivers licenses? There is no market mechanism to keep the price of labor in line.

With the lack of market forces, taxpayers must rely exclusively upon management to say no to costly demands. Management in this case of the current issue in Wisconsin is the Governor, but the scenario is no different throughout other levels of government. County Executives, Mayors, & Town Councils all act as management in the government "corporation". The government official must work even harder to represent the taxpayer in negotiations with public employee unions under these circumstances. There is a political party, however, that is beholden to the very government unions they are supposed to be negotiating with.

The Democratic Party receives an overwhelming amount of money in political donations from public sector unions, in fact their top 4 donors are various government unions ( ).

Many candidates go to union sponsored events, and pledge their support. This would not be a problem if not for the fact that the elected official in question will be sitting across the negotiating table from the very union that supported them in their campaign. If a candidate for office received a donation from a corporation, then after elected gave a no bid contract to that corporation it would be called corruption. How is this situation any different?

Considering most government entities (other than federal) must balance their budgets every year, you would think that politicians would be restricted from offering paybacks to the unions. They canít give what they donít have. Right? The problem with this argument is that the official has the ability to promise, and get passed into law, retirement and health benefits that will be paid for in the future. This takes away any current budgetary restraint that may exist, and puts us in the situation we find ourselves today in Wisconsin and all across the nation.

Mr. Walkerís proposal specifically eliminated collective bargaining for pension and healthcare benefits. This addresses the problem of politicians overpromising future benefits for unions that helped elect them. Any progress made in Wisconsin or other states, however, may be short lived if the screamers get to rule the debate. It would not be surprising if unions spend even more than the current record amounts in the next election in order to drown out rational discussion.

Tree Hugger

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 20, 2011
Walker's idea and Wisconsin's way will prevail to not only Minnesota but to all States who have Union thugs.

Since: Jan 11

San Jose, CA

#4 Mar 20, 2011
"Waging an assault", the gov is trying to rile the pyschotic libs, good going gov, no inflammatory rhetoric from you.

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#5 Mar 20, 2011
Teachers are ordinary middle-class folk beset by rising prices like everyone else. They only have a .75-time job, and their pay reflects that -- even though they may elect to have their 9-month pay spread over 12 months.

The Republican assault on Unions -- first on public-sector, then with "right-to-work" legislation for the private sector, is nothing more than Divide & Conquer the middle class. Let's get those working for $11.00 or $12.00/hour with no benefits angry and envious of those making $17.00/hour with benefits -- sure, that's the ticket! Deflect at all costs the underlying question: why have wages/salaries been stagnant since 2000?(No, I am NOT blaming Bush) Notice that food, fuel, and rental housing costs have NOT stagnated?

The incomes of the top 10% have soared during this past decade. It makes perfect sense to tax those who can easily afford it -- the American Dream has been in overdrive FOR THEM.
Mr Bean

Elk River, MN

#6 Mar 20, 2011
Mr. Bean is a horrible governor. The 30% of Minnesotans who voted for him are just looking for a free handout.

Since: Mar 11

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Mar 20, 2011
It would be nice to have a no-nonsense governor like Walker, instead of an all-nonsense governor like Dayton.

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#8 Mar 20, 2011
Marx Karl Dayton wrote:
It would be nice to have a no-nonsense governor like Walker, instead of an all-nonsense governor like Dayton.
Don't allow the lack of a new Stillwater bridge to slow you down as you move to the "better" state!

Your serfdom will begin much sooner there.

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Mar 21, 2011
Dayton is an assault on all Minnesotans. Cut taxes and let us keep some of our money. The government is way too big.

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