Tweet When we think of herd immunity, we think of vaccinations. Fewer parents are vaccinating their children nowadays because of their fears about negative reactions to vaccinations (including the now-debunked theory about vaccinations causing autism). Those parents skipping vaccination point triumphantly to the fact that, despite their children’s vaccination-free status, there hasn’t been a huge [...]
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Both mandatory unions and mandatory professional organizations are antithetical to Constitutional Free Speech *UPDATED*
Tweet The State Bar of California, which I have to pay into in order to practice law in the State of California, long-ago abandoned its core responsibility of ensuring that people who hold themselves out as lawyers to California citizens are at least minimally qualified. As with all these mandatory organizations, it’s turned into a [...]
Tweet For the most part, teachers across America are hard-working, committed, good people. A teacher raised me. My Dad was willing to work for a pittance because he had a genuine calling to teach. Nowadays, teachers ostensibly get paid much more money than my Dad did, but at what cost? As this video shows, the [...]
Tweet The American Future Fund put together a very funny video that shows Progressives before and after the Wisconsin election. Before, defeat meant an imminent apocalypse; after, defeat meant . . . nothing: You can’t blame the Progressives for their differing before and after statements. With the November 2012 election coming up, one could argue [...]
Tweet From Drudge: Harbinger or anomaly? I say the former. It’s not just that the voter tide is turning. It’s that the Obama-ites, who once looked invincible, now have the stench of failure and incompetence settling in around them. That becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Tweet Watch and learn. But be warned: it’s not pretty (and I’m not talking about the fighting part).
Tweet Whoopi Goldberg got some airplay on conservative sites the other day for pointing out something I’d already learned by the time I was 13 — Leftism is great in theory, but it doesn’t work so well in the real world. To that “duh” moment (although I doubt it will convert her from worshiping at [...]
Tweet I’m surprised that there’s so little news about an upcoming nurses’ strike in Northern and Central California. This story should be a big deal, in large part because the nurses who are going on strike in thirty-four Northern and Central California hospitals actually have no complaint. Instead, they’re putting thousands of patients at risk [...]
Tweet This post tells the story of a case on which I worked. It’s a true story. Picture this: It’s 2001. You live in California and you own a small business that consists of you and maybe three to five at-will employees. Your profits are decent. One morning, Jane, one of your employees, announces that [...]
Tweet A classic Seinfeld episode concerned George Costanza’s decision (at Kramer’s urging) to park in a handicapped zone. This being George, things went drastically wrong. What I remember from the episode, though, isn’t the cascading sequence of disasters; instead; it’s the opprobrium heaped upon George for parking in the blue. His parking decision wasn’t treated [...]
Tweet The average Wisconsin teacher has a better total compensation package than the average Wisconsin taxpayer. After the proposed legislation goes through, the average Wisconsin teacher will still have a better total compensation package than the average Wisconsin taxpayer. If this was 1789, events in Madison would be the equivalent of the French aristocrats taking [...]
Tweet As I understand it, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, faced with a $3.6 billion biennial budget deficit (for the years 2011-2013), had the choice of raising taxes in his financially beleaguered state or firing up to 6,000 state employees. He chose a third route, proposing that Wisconsin’s public sector employees start carrying a small portion [...]
Tweet The point of a union is that it has political heft. One of the ways in which we demonstrate political heft in this country is money. Unions (just like corporations) can donate money directly to candidates and parties. The result, as Ace pithily says, is “nothing but legal corruption: they are currently permitted to [...]
Tweet Today, several schools in Wisconsin announced that they would be closed so that their teachers could attend protests in the state capital, Madison, against GOP Gov. Walker’s proposals to take away collective bargaining rights from public sector unions. Wisconsin, like neighboring Illinois, is going broke. The behavior of the Wisconsin public school teachers pretty [...]
Tweet I am crazy abut this politician: We have some spectacular young guns in the conservative party. The problem is timing. I don’t know if any will be ready by 2012, and it may be too late by 2016.
Tweet There are some things that seem immutable, right until a collapse that, in 20/20 hindsight, seemed inevitable. Just think of the Iranian Revolution, the Fall of the Berlin wall and . . . the SEIU? For some time, the Service Employees International Union has appeared to be a permanent fixture on the political and [...]
Tweet Here’s a beautiful matched set: The first part of the set is Daniel Henninger’s truly brilliant article about the way in which President Kennedy’s 1962 executive order allowing federal workers to unionize “transformed the Democratic Party into a public-sector dependency.” Henninger thinks this dependency broke down yesterday in Massachusetts. The second part of the [...]
Tweet This is a portmanteau post, filled with interesting things I read today, some of which come in neatly matched sets. Opening today’s San Francisco Moronicle, the first thing I saw was that an illegal teen’s arrest is causing a stir in San Francisco’s halls of power. You see, San Francisco is a sanctuary city, [...]
Tweet One of my main bases for hostility to teacher’s unions is that increasingly have nothing to do with their original goal, which was ensuring a living wage and decent working conditions for teachers. (Not that they were always that effective at serving their original union mandate. My father was a teacher and he did [...]
Tweet I frequently read that the White House is dancing the to the various unions’ tunes because, as the saying goes, you “dance with them what brung you.” In other words, it was union money that helped (in a large way) to pay for Obama’s victory, and now the White House is returning the favor. [...]
Tweet Unlike many people, I was not shocked to learn that the LA Unified School District is paying teachers not to teach, although the $10 million price tag strikes me as just a tad unreasonable. In the early 1970s, one of my teachers was a scary guy (not to mention a bad teacher). Because of [...]
Tweet This morning Mr. Bookworm offered me something: “Hey! You want to blog about something Obama’s doing that I don’t like?” I was curious. “What?” “This Employee Free Choice Act. What’s up with that?” “That’s been around for a while,” I said. “It’s one of the platforms on which Obama ran.” He asked, “What do [...]
Tweet I’m ambivalent about unions. When they first arose as a real market force at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, I believe they were a necessary counterbalance to industries that (a) had unlimited power in the employment market place and (b) that abused that power something awful. I started [...]