From my email inbox comes this gem from the Wisconsin Club For Growth:
“Government unions exist chiefly to enable those who seldom produce anything of value to the real economy to take freely from those who produce value every day.”
Apparently the folks at the Wisconsin Club For Growth aren’t big fans of the services provided to society (and the contributions made to the real economy) by firefighters, police officers, probation & parole agents, corrections officers, trash collectors, nurses, and teachers, just to name some of the government employees represented by government unions.
The last time I checked, the protection against widespread fires breaking out – fires that would no doubt negatively impact the economy – certainly seems to provide something of value to the real economy.
While I’m at it, what about police protection? Does police protection provide something of value to the real economy? To borrow a phrase from Sarah Palin, “You betcha!” After all, without police protection businesses would no doubt fall prey to robberies, burglaries, etc., which would obviously negatively impact their ability (and willingness) to do business and grow the economy.
The benefit (or value) provided to the real economy by the employees represented by government unions is very definitely tangible and critical, despite what the morons at the Wisconsin Club For Growth want their followers to blindly believe.
folkbum has his own take on this.