A Corporate CEO, a Public Union Worker, and a Teabagger…

by Ben Hoffman

A corporate CEO, a public union member, and a teabagger sit around a table. In the center of the table is a plate holding 12 cookies. The CEO takes 11 cookies starts eating them. The teabagger appears puzzled. The CEO leans over and wispers in his ear, “look out for that union guy, he wants part of your cookie…”

The teabagger pulls out his gun and shoots the union member. “Damned socialist,” he states proudly. “The CEO worked hard for those cookies.”

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21 Comments to “A Corporate CEO, a Public Union Worker, and a Teabagger…”

  1. I’m torn by the Wisconsin story, but I will say this.

    It seems you could focus on the fact that union member have lavish benefits or that private sector employees don’t have such lavish benefits but maybe should.

    Most teaparty folks focus on the gevernment works having that one cookie.

  2. The 12 cookies in reality.
    The Union takes 12 cookies from taxpayers to elect the Democrat so the democrats can give them 15.
    Then they split up the spoils and the Union gives them more cookies to re-elect the Democrat and he can give them 18 cookies.
    When the Taxpayer asks were are his cookies the two of them tell him he’s a racist pig and and idiot and tells them to piss off.
    When the taxpayers says it’s unsustainable, they both laugh and tell the taxpayer is Hitler and trying to crush them so they get violent and nasty.
    So you’re left to just chuck your cookies…

  3. The police force in WI may be like the teachers in the state of GA- divided. In GA there are two professional organizations, Professional Association of GA Educators and Georgia Association of Educators. To belong to GAE, you are required to belong to NEA or the National group which is actually a union. PAGE members are not required to join the union, but do support classroom teachers by offering liability insurance, supporting classroom teachers, and sending representatives to the capitol building to see that teacher concerns are addressed. PAGE is the larger of the two associations.

    http://www.pageinc.org/

    Wisconsin police have a group called Wisconsin Trooper’s Association who supported Scott Walker. The union describes them as “just a professional group”. This same situation is found in GA where I, as a PAGE member, have been accused of not deserving a raise because I was not union. Union members seem to believe that a raise is earned by bargaining rather than by excellent classroom performance or on-the-job performance.

    My belief was that I only wanted a raise if I earned it by doing my job well and if the state of GA could afford to provide a raise without bankrupting the state. It is really a point of view.

    I also believe that Americans should be able to hold differing points of view without being called derogatory names.

  4. http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=73039811-667b-4620-811a-69f7690e2360
    The federal government hosts 47 job-training programs, 44 of which overlap. It runs 80 programs for the “transportation disadvantaged.”

    Another 82 programs spread across 10 separate agencies endeavor to improve teacher quality — something hundreds of local school districts are already focused on.

    These are just a few of the findings in a blockbuster report on government waste and inefficiencies released by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The report, a summary of which was obtained by Fox News, identifies billions of dollars in potential savings if Congress just had the will to streamline initiatives that target politically popular causes.

    “This report confirms what most Americans assume about their government. We are spending trillions of dollars every year and nobody knows what we are doing. The executive branch doesn’t know. The congressional branch doesn’t know. Nobody knows,” Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said in a statement Tuesday morning. “This report also shows we could save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars every year without cutting services.”

    The well-timed release comes as Republicans and Democrats fight over how much to cut from the rest of this year’s budget, not to mention next year’s $3.73 trillion spending plan. Democrats have so far balked at GOP plans to cut $61 billion from the 2010 fiscal year budget. But while both parties are squabbling over a relatively small slice of the budget pie — discretionary spending — the GAO report suggests Congress could keep cutting and leave the operation of government intact.

    “Reducing or eliminating duplication, overlap or fragmentation could potentially save billions of taxpayer dollars annually and help agencies provide more efficient and effective services,” the report said.

    The study found 33 areas with “overlap and fragmentation” in the federal government. Among them, it found:

    — Fifty-six programs across 20 agencies dealing with financial literacy.

    — More than 2,100 data centers — up from 432 a little more than a decade ago — across 24 federal agencies. GAO estimated the government could save up to $200 billion over the next decade by consolidating them.

    — Twenty programs across seven agencies dealing with homelessness. The report found $2.9 billion spent on the programs in 2009. “Congress is often to blame” for fragmentation, GAO wrote in this section, explaining that the duplicative programs in multiple agencies cause access problems for potential participants.

    — Eighty-two “distinct” teacher-quality programs across 10 agencies. Many of them have “duplicate sub-goals,” GAO said. Nine of them address teacher quality in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

    — Fifteen agencies administering 30 food-related laws. “Some of the oversight doesn’t make any sense,” the report stated bluntly.

    — Eighty economic development programs.

    In some cases, the programs in question struggled to account for what they did. Take, for instance, domestic food assistance initiatives. According to GAO, 18 such programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services — with GAO estimating $62.5 billion spent on them.

    But “little is known about the effectiveness” of 11 of those programs, the report states.

    Similarly, of the 47 job-training programs run out of the federal government, only five could provide an “impact study” since 2004 looking at “outcomes.” About half of them provided no performance review at all since 2004.

    The lengthy GAO report was mandated by Congress the last time it raised the debt limit in January 2010. Coburn said the report makes lawmakers look like “jackasses.”

    “We don’t know what we’re doing,” Coburn said.

    The Defense Department takes a number of hits in the report. The GAO found many instances of duplication in the sprawling agency. The use of “urgent need” funds have been expanded, GAO found, with “multiple places for a warfighter to submit” such requests.

    GAO found that the Pentagon has “no tracking mechanism” for these funds, resulting in an estimated $77 billion spent since 2005 on communication and computer technologies, counter-measures for improvised explosive devices and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools.

    Congress asked GAO to look specifically at “federal programs, agencies, offices and initiatives with duplicative goals and activities, to estimate the cost of such duplication and to make recommendations to Congress for consolidation and elimination of such duplication.”

  5. The teachers will be laid off in Wisconsin only if the Fleebaggers won’t come back and do their job.

  6. Who bought the supplies and made the cookies?

  7. I would ask that of the Liberals actually.
    And why are 7% of the workforce (and 12% in Unions total) more important than the other 88%??

  8. There was a time before unions where unsafe working conditions and businesses took advantage of workers. Unions helped change that. Were some unions corrupt? Of course. Have unions gone too far and over-reached? Probably. Should they be eliminated? Probably not. They just need to go back to what tthey were good at, i.e. focusing on working conditions and training programs.

  9. And the 88% of us who are not in Unions have to put with their arrogance, narcissism and massive greed.
    90 years they were a good idea. Now they are the problem.

  10. Yeah, being so narcissistic and uncaring is certainly a good fit for me. 🙂

  11. NPR : Republican state senators in Wisconsin figured out how to pass controversial budget repair legislation without the help of missing senate Democrats. In a sudden move Wednesday evening, GOP senators stripped all the financial proposals from the bill but kept the language ending many collective bargaining rights from nearly all public sector unions.

    Now imagine a year ago, after 15 months of “debate” by Democrats on Obamacare, the same opening paragraph:

    Democrat senators in Washington figured out how to pass controversial health care legislation without the help of senate Republicans . In a sudden move Wednesday evening, Democrat senators passed the House version of the bill without any changes in a parliamentary maneuver.

    Gee, sounds familiar somehow? 🙂

  12. Both parties pass bad laws. They just have different agendas.

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