Monday, April 11, 2011

What They Would Have Us Believe

The (public) worker unions would have us believe that it is the unions against the corporations (rich people) -- rather than that it is the unions' (public) workers against the interests of everybody else in society -- and that they should be placed unquestionably at the head of the line before any benefit actually gets to those people they were hired to serve, which is the public at large, and especially the most needy and disadvantaged.

Instead, the union workers have proclaimed themselves "the most needy and underprivileged," so that there is no money "left over" to serve the greater public interest and welfare.

That is the crisis of the present time, and not that the corporations are forcing children into slave labor -- and so we need highly paid public service workers to protect them from those exploitations. Rather, the children will be expected to work their entire lives to provide for the generous pensions and benefits of long-retired government workers (trade association) at a standard of life equal to the richest, who make that prior claim on the resources intended to serve everyone equally.

But we can't continue that way because one of the major benefits is free, unlimited health care, which sounds like a very noble idea, but poses unlimited opportunities for abuses -- because it is an "unlimited" entitlement not restrained by any personal accountability and cost. And so as people live longer even in declining health, those costs can multiply astronomically -- and a few are "entitled" to unlimited claims on those very finite resources.

One can never undertake anything as though "cost were no object," because there is always a cost requiring us to make tough decisions about how those limited resources now get deployed -- because the United States is no longer in its unlimited frontier days when the most is still yet to be discovered, but we are at a maturity that requires us to make choices with critical consequences for all our subsequent decisions.

It'd be nice if there was an unlimited pile of money for everybody to take as much as they want -- and there was enough for all, and unlimited more to come, but that should not be the prerogative of those whose job it is to pass it on to the rest of the citizenry.


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