Last week New York Governor David Paterson signed a new law permanently denying his state’s “public service” employees the right to conscientious objector status when it comes to the unions they may or may not believe are representing their best interests. Join a union. Don’t join a union. You pay those dues either way in the Empire State. This sort of statist enforcement might seem a bit overbearing to the layperson—what? these magnificent unions aren’t able to persuade people to join?—but, really, it’s just sensible policy, according to…um, “labor leaders”:
“In public employment, they have the right not to belong, but I still must represent them,” said Richard C. Iannuzzi, president of New York State United Teachers. “If under the law we’re obligated to represent every employee, then it’s only fair that every employee pays something toward the cost of being represented.”
So as long as I pay for my union dues, I can choose not to belong to the union? Wow! Thieves should go into union management: Instead of going to jail for jacking people up, you get fancy dinner parties, absurd lionization from net-nerds and the governor driving your figurative getaway car. Not bad!
I know the phrase Orwellian gets thrown around a lot, but…
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?