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From the Folks That Brought You the Weekend

As they never get tired of reminding us.

But what have they done to us lately?

Two Pennsylvania teachers are fighting the state’s largest teachers union for interfering with their charitable giving.

The teachers allege in a suit filed in district court that the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) is blocking them from exercising their right to donate union dues money to charity. Pennsylvania allows religious objectors to cut ties with unions as long as they donate an equivalent agency fee payment to charity. That money is given to the union, which is then supposed to send it to the charity of the teacher’s choosing.

Jane Ladley, an elementary school teacher for 25 years before retiring in June, said that the union prevented her from directing her $435 donation to a scholarship fund to teach high school seniors about the Constitution because it was “too political.”

Ladley, 61, began teaching in the 1970s and was a member of the teachers union for seven years. She put her career on hold to raise her children before returning to the workforce in 1996. This time, she refused to join after discovering that the union “funneled money to Planned Parenthood.”

Which is not political in the least. Perish the thought.

Well, not much:

Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF), the “political arm” of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, combined with other Planned Parenthood affiliates to spend several million dollars during the last five weeks of the 2000 general election campaign to broadcast two ads criticizing George W. Bush’s record on abortion rights.

Because Planned Parenthood’s overall structure includes a 501(c)(4) entity, a 501(c)(3) entity, a federally regulated PAC and a 527 organization, it is difficult to determine which pots of money paid for which ads.

Planned Parenthood also has announced plans to file with the Federal Election Commission as a Qualified Non-profit Corporation (also known as a “Massachusetts Citizens for Life,” or MCFL, group), a status set aside for ideological 501(c)(4) corporations that do not accept funds from labor unions or corporations.8 Such groups are permitted to use unlimited donations from individuals to pay for “express advocacy” communications, which urge the election or defeat of candidates. They also may make “electioneering communications,” which are defined as broadcast ads that mention candidates during the 60 days preceding general elections or the 30 days preceding primaries or conventions. Other independent groups are prohibited by the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act (BCRA) from making electioneering communications unless they set up separate, segregated funds that do not receive corporate or union money.

Except when they do receive union money, that is. And engage in politics.

The Mafia was never so brazen with its fronts and shell corporations. Planned Parenthood doesn’t even try to hide it. Neither do the unions. Who, yes, brought us the 40-hour work week. (If we work at all.)

Meanwhile, any group with “dog whistle” words like “liberty”, “rights”, and “patriot” in their name had to undergo months (years!) of delays and a body cavity search to earn 501 (c)(4) status. Compare and contrast.

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Your Government at Work

Not at work for you—oh God no!

For itself:

As he prepares to leave office, Governor Deval Patrick is quietly transferring 500 of his managers into the state public employee union, a move that will qualify them for a series of 3 percent raises and insulate them from firing when the next governor takes over.

The change will automatically convert 15 percent of the 3,350 executive branch managers into members of the National Association of Government Employees, which has been fighting for the change for years, arguing the employees were “improperly classified” as managers.

While smaller clusters of management positions have been converted into union positions in the past, this is the largest sweep into the union in at least two decades, according to administration and union officials.

Rolling the managers into the 22,000-member union will effectively protect them from any house-cleaning that might occur when the next governor takes office in January — a particular likelihood if Republican Charlie Baker were to take over after eight years of Democratic leadership.

Union employees generally have to be removed “for cause,” while managers serve at will.

“With just a couple of months to go in the current administration, this has the whiff of a job protection action just before the governor leaves office,” said Jim Stergios, executive director of the Pioneer Institute, a conservative research organization.

The election to replace Patrick is barely two weeks away, and he pulls this stunt. One could almost dismiss it as Massachusetts being Massachusetts, but for the size (unprecedented) and the timing (cynical). This is Patrick (mini-me to Obama) being Patrick. Still, if it means he’s finally gone, it might actually be worth it.

Eric Kriss, who was secretary of administration and finance under Romney, was critical of the decision. “What this will do is continue to reduce, as has been done since the 1960s, any layer of what you would call managers,” he said. And once managers are moved into the union, “removing anybody is virtually impossible,” he said.

Here’s the state government, Governor Baker. Don’t choke on it.

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Milwaukee’s Worst

Remember Wisconsin? Mid-sized state next to Michigan? It was in the news a few years ago when its Republican governor tried to pry the fingers of the public sector unions off the throat of state government. For his efforts, Scott Walker was vilified and subjected to every legal and illegal punishment the Democrats could imagine. We were tangentially involved when our reports on the thuggish behavior of the union goons drew churlish, tendentious comments from hired hacks.

What was all that about?

Teachers in Wisconsin’s public schools have learned a major lesson from the state’s landmark 2011 law neutering public sector unions, with more than a third dropping out of their labor organization.

Given no choice but to join and pay dues to the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) for decades, teachers have for the last three years been able to opt out. And that is what tens of thousands have done as a result of Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, also known as Act 10.

“Given the evidence, it shows that the union’s hold is softening,” Patrick Wright, vice president of legal affairs for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, told FoxNews.com

Softening? I’ve seen diapers with firmer resolve.

“As soon as I was given the choice, I left,” Amy Rosno, a teacher with the virtual class program at the Waukesha school system, told FoxNews.com. “I never really understood the union anyway.”

Rosno said she had a better understanding once she was asked to be a representative for her department and attended her first WEAC meeting.

“I realized that it was all political and not about teaching,” she said.

No! What was your first clue, Amy? (These are the people to whom we entrust the education of our children?)

Teachers who spoke to the nonprofit education think tank EAGnews.org said they were glad to be free of the union’s grip, especially because of the perception their dues were spent on political contributions.

“It’s important to have a choice, because we are all professionals,” Michelle Uetz, a special education teacher at Prescott High School told the education news site. “We shouldn’t be pigeon-holed into contributing to politics we don’t believe in.”

WEAC has been accused of having a partisan political alliance with the Democratic Party in the state and backed a failed recall against Walker. Despite losing the policy battle, the union still pressures teachers to join, according to some interviewed by EAG.

“I worked with a young teacher who was thinking of leaving the union and she was actually scared to leave,” Deena Ferguson, a teacher at Fox Prairie Elementary, in Stilton, told the site, adding that WEAC often uses fear to recruit new teachers, suggesting they need protection from administrators.

“If the union is so beneficial and good, people will want to join on the principle and the merits and not be forced to join,” she said.

Rosno agreed, telling Foxnews.com that many teachers are left in a precarious position.

“There’s still a lot of fear,” she said. ‘A lot of teachers are afraid to admit that they support [Gov.] Walker. Many of them felt a lot of backlash. It still continues and they are afraid to show public support for the governor.

“I think it’s interesting the union hasn’t chosen to change its business model, even though teachers are leaving in droves,” Kristi LaCroix regional membership director for AAE said. “It’s just business as usual with them, so I see more and more professionals leaving.”

“Union” and “business model” rarely appear in the same sentence. But she’s right. Fascists never do change.

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Out: Do it for the Children—In: RACIST!

If a equals b, and b equals c, what do we know about the value of a compared to the value of c?

As Eric Holder would say, you don’t want to go there, buddy:

In late March, the Chicago Board of Education announced an ambitious plan to implement its “turnaround” model for three low-performing elementary schools in poor, predominantly black neighborhoods.

The turnaround process involves the sacking of every teacher and staffer at each of the schools, according to an email from the Chicago Teachers Union obtained by The Daily Caller.

Naturally, the union bosses aren’t happy that the nation’s third-largest school district is employing such sweeping measures to improve some of its worst schools.

The email from the teachers union also suggested that the effort to improve the schools is an effort spearheaded by Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to damage black children and black families.

“This is an attack on Black schools that continues the assault carried out by” Byrd-Bennett “last year, when she closed 50 schools (claiming they were the last closings for at least five years).”

Byrd-Bennett is black.

No way!

Way.

What is the insidious plan this Aunt Jemimah has in mind for black children?

One of the three schools facing turnaround plans is Ronald E. McNair Elementary School, which has been on academic probation for the past 14 years. Another school is Dvorak Technology Academy, which has been on academic probation for the past 7 years. The third school is Walter Q. Gresham Elementary School, which has been on academic probation for the past 6 years.

If the Board of Education approves the plan at its board meeting on April 23, the three schools will be managed by the Academy for Urban School Learning (AUSL), a nonprofit organization which already manages 29 public schools in Chicago where over 17,000 students are enrolled.

The turnaround process involves bringing in teachers and staffers who have been specifically trained to work in low-performing schools.

And we can’t have that.

Woody Guthrie once wrote the refrain, “You can’t scare me, I’m stickin’ to the union.” If it read today “stickin’ it to the union”, it would be relevant. The union sure has been sticking it to kids—black kids—for decades.

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Stick it to the Union

We’ve already commented on the very satisfying thumping meted out to the UAW at the VW plant in Tennessee. But we still wanted to know what Robert Samuelson had to say.

This nugget caught my eye:

Unions’ eclipse has been stunning. At the end of World War II, roughly a third of private-sector jobs were unionized, especially in large firms. By 2013, the comparable figure was 6.7 percent, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (The rate of unionization for all workers was 11.3 percent, but that figure resulted only from greater unionization — 35.3 percent — among government workers. As late as 1983, the total unionization rate was 20 percent.)

Consider: each private sector new-hire (i.e. worker) is only one-fifth as likely to join a union as a public sector new-hire (i.e. hack). Is it any wonder that so many new jobs are in the public sector? Any wonder that Obama’s policies are so hostile to private job creation? Unions like SEIU are Obama’s purple-shirted shock troops; they’ve got his back and he’s got theirs.

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The Last Mastodon

Imagine you’re enjoying a light lunch of lichen and tundra—maybe a side shrub for roughage—and you look up to see that you’re all alone. Any and every of your kind has been hunted, starved, or otherwise disappeared. It’s just you between existence and extinction.

That’s how I’d feel if I were these folks:

Volkswagen workers in Tennessee narrowly voted to reject joining a union, crushing the United Automobile Workers union’s attempt to unionize a foreign-owned car factory for the first time, officials announced late Friday.

The 712-626 vote (53%-47%) against unionization at the German automaker’s three-year-old factory in Chattanooga is a setback for UAW because labor experts had thought Volkswagen gave the union its best shot of setting a precedent to make inroads with transplants such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Nissan.

“It would have been a confidence booster, a relevance factor and message saying that we’re growing and doing things people didn’t think we could,” said Art Wheaton, director of The Worker Institute at Cornell University.

Who’s the mastodon in this scenario? The workers who just want to be left alone to do their jobs without “benefit” of outside representation? The auto company that believes it can deal directly and fairly with its workers without the union mob muscling in for its cut? Or the union itself, which has so overgrazed its habitat that Detroit is a sterile wasteland? In different ways, they are all mastodons.

But so is the reporter who wrote this. A 53-47 victory isn’t all that narrow. If it were, President Obama’s election wins would be so described every time 2008 and 2012 were mentioned. Only later in the story does the reporter mention that 165 workers didn’t bother to vote at all. Which means those who voted to bring in the union amounted to barely 41% of all workers. More landslide than squeaker, I’d say. Those who don’t recognize facts, or try to disguise them, are in danger of extinction themselves.

Unions had their day; still do, of course. But they thrived in conditions different from today’s. Trying to maintain an obsolete model (or species) ignores evolution. Shame on Democrats for their anti-science beliefs.

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From Motown to No Town

It’s a simple recipe, really

Anyone can do it:

A couple of weeks ago I attended the premiere of the new movie “Bankrupt: How Cronyism and Corruption Brought Down Detroit.” It is a terrific movie and traces the dual collapse of the American automotive industry and the city of Detroit.

[T]he bankruptcy of the automakers and Detroit largely arose from the same forces: horribly inept and unaccountable management and insatiable demands by labor interests that drove both the automakers and the city into the ground. This manifested itself in rising costs and deterioration in quality (cars in one case and city governance in the other, such as failure to supply basic public services).

Indeed, the parallels between the automakers and Detroit became even closer in the days following the premiere of the film. Detroit’s bondholders are about to be fleeced for the benefit of Detroit’s politically powerful public employees, suffering the same fate as the bondholders in the auto bailouts at the hands of the United Auto Workers (or as he writes it, Detroit’s bondholders are about to be “GM’ed” for the benefit of public employees).

And in another coincidence, it now appears that Michigan’s politicians are considering a taxpayer bailout of Detroit. As reported by Shikia Dalmia at Reason.com, Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder is considering pouring taxpayer money into Detroit’s bankruptcy in order to bail out public employees.

If a state, a semi-sovereign entity, chooses to reward one set of profligate citizens (Detroiters) with the hard-won earnings of another set (Michiganders), I suppose it is no business of mind (no matter how much I may disapprove). But money is fungible. Any federal money Michigan receives can offset money it chooses to pour into the unfunded liabilities of unrealistic and unaffordable retiree benefits. We all pay for Detroit’s waste and corruption.

We’re about to find out how much:

The city of Detroit plans to file its proposed bankruptcy restructuring plan with the court next week, the city’s top bankruptcy attorney said today.

A draft version of the plan acquired by the Free Press earlier this month revealed the city plans to offer pensioners more than other unsecured creditors — in part because foundations are pledging nearly $400 million to reduce pension cuts and spin off the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The plan also involves a proposal to lease the city’s water and sewerage department to an independent authority in exchange for $47 million per year over 40 years.

Attorneys for the city and for several bond insurers were in court today to deliver updates on a dispute over how the city plans to treat general obligation bonds.

Rhodes plans to conduct a hearing Feb. 19 to hear the objection by insurers that say the city is unfairly treating the bonds as unsecured debt.

Detroit has shown the first spark of life in decades since announcing it’s intention to declare bankruptcy. Now that the running of the reprimitivized city is out of the hands of the irresponsible and corrupt locals, it finally stands a chance. Local leaders are offering assistance; even foreign investors are interested. (See the Peruvian investor who wants to buy the old Packard plant.) I’d even be willing to put my money behind the effort—but only if the pain is shared equally.

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Thank You, Detroit

Seriously, thank you.

You scared Chicago straight:

Gov. Pat Quinn launched Illinois’ epic attempt to bail itself out of a $100 billion public employee pension debt Thursday, signing into law an ambitious financial, legal and political effort to restore the state’s tumbling credit ratings and unstable economy.

Despite the historic nature of the law, which takes effect June 1, the Democratic governor signed the measure behind closed doors, joined by top lawmakers. The quietness of the event symbolized the controversial nature of a package that has split longtime political allegiances and quickly become fodder for the 2014 campaign season.

The private bill signing stood in sharp contrast to the public pep rally that master of ceremonies Quinn held when he put his signature on Illinois’ gay marriage law little more than two weeks earlier, a move that reaffirmed support among progressives.

The We Are One coalition of unions, headed by the state AFL-CIO, called the new law “attempted pension theft and it’s illegal.”

“Leading politicians and their followers chose to violate their oaths of office, trample on the Illinois Constitution, and willfully ignore the plain letter of the law,” the coalition said in a statement. “Once overturned, its purported savings will evaporate and the state’s finances and pension systems will be left in worse shape.”

At issue is a clause in the 1970 state constitution which defines public pensions as an “enforceable contract” with benefits that cannot be diminished or impaired. But supporters of the measure, including House Speaker Michael Madigan, have maintained the law will be upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Bring it on, Jimmy Hoffa.

Hey, the pinkie-ringed union thugs may be proved right. But so what? What’s an “enforceable contract” when there’s no money? The goons knew as well as the politicians that such pension deals weren’t worth the paper they were written on. It was all about the announcement, not the actual collection.

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News Weak? News Lame

Your occasional reminder why this rag exists only in the ether:

Anyone in a public-sector job looking forward to retiring in comfort should look carefully at what is going on in Detroit and Springfield, Ill. Sherlock Holmes would call it the case of the missing pension money.

News leaking out this week from the Motor City tells how the enormous gap between the pensions workers earned and the money set aside to pay for them will be closed. By stealing from the workers.

Courts, legislatures, and corporations are all working in concert not to pay the full benefits owed. For decades, political and business leaders failed to set aside the right amount of money each payday to cover the pensions workers earned and, in some cases, covered up the mismanagement of pension fund investments.

This is nothing short of theft, as pensions are simply deferred wages, that is, money that workers could have taken as cash in their regular paychecks had they not opted to set it aside.

No, pensions are not money workers could have taken in cash. If the city doesn’t have the money now, it certainly didn’t have the money then. The writer admits as much in the previous paragraph. All this proves is that unreasonable and fantastical benefits deals for political favor will come back to bite everyone in the ass. Sherlock Holmes would say “No [bleep], Sherlock.” It’s pretty rich to cry that you’re being robbed when you bled the city of Detroit dry for decades.

I’ll take my compensation in the form of a Van Gogh from the municipal art museum, please. Nothing showy, mind you. Whatever you have lying around.

Crikey, even he’s in a bad mood.

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Congratulations, Detroit!

Bankruptcy becomes you:

The city of Detroit today officially became the largest municipality in U.S. history to enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes declared it met the specific legal criteria required to receive protection from its creditors.

The landmark ruling ends more than four months of uncertainty over the fate of the case and sets the stage for a fierce clash over how to slash an estimated $18 billion in debt and long-term liabilities that have hampered Detroit from attacking pervasive blight and violent crime.

Rhodes — in a surprise decision this morning — also said he’ll allow pension cuts in Detroit’s bankruptcy. Rhodes emphasized that he won’t necessarily agree to pension cuts in the city’s final reorganization plan unless the entire plan is fair and equitable.

“The court finds that Detroit was and is insolvent,” he said. “The court finds that the city was generally not paying its debts as they became due.”

Major creditors objecting to the bankruptcy included AFSCME, the UAW, Detroit’s two pension funds, the city’s public safety unions, retiree associations and a committee created to officially represent retirees during the bankruptcy.

Rhodes ruled the city is legally insolvent and obtained the necessary legal authorization from Gov. Rick Snyder to enter Chapter 9.

Creditors are expected to appeal the ruling, although experts say that appeals courts are hesitant to overturn bankruptcy rulings based on the facts.

Sharon Levine, an attorney for Michigan Council 25 of AFSCME, the city’s largest employee union, recently called the process a “terrifying use of Chapter 9” during the trial.

Chapter 9 terrifying? What does that make Chapters 1 through 8? It’s how you got here that scares the [bleep] out of me, toots. As the namesake of Obama said recently of his own fortunes, you’ve got nowhere to go from here but up!

From “Obama money” to no money:

And now that you’ve got the finances out of the hands of the local politicians, you might find capitalism beats socialism:

An all-star lineup of business and political leaders pitched entrepreneurship as the key to Detroit’s comeback today at the rollout of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program in the city.

Speaking at a Ford Field news event were famed investor Warren Buffett, Gov. Rick Snyder, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Mayor Dave Bing and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., plus three Michigan congressmen and assorted others.

“The resources are here to have a great, great city,” Buffett told the news conference. He added that Detroit is an underutilized resource, much like the auto industry was a few years ago, and that creates a huge potential for growth.

Peppered with questions at the news conference, Buffett, an adviser to the Goldman Sachs program, agreed that he’s ready to invest his own money in Detroit if he finds companies worth buying here. He urged his listeners to contact his organization Berkshire Hathaway with tips on which companies to buy.

Buy low, sell high. With Detroit at rock bottom prices, and its costs corralled by bankruptcy law, Buffett knows a good deal when he sees one. Not the city itself, to be sure, but the sparks of private enterprise that still glow in the ruins.

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Oshkosh B’Gosh!

Now that the dust has settled in Wisconsin:

Wisconsin’s public employees are leaving their unions in droves, which should be no surprise: With passage of Act 10 in 2011, public unions in the Badger State lost many of their reasons for being. The “budget-repair bill” pushed through the Legislature by Republicans and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker limited bargaining to wages only, and then only up to the cost of living; it also required unions to recertify each year and barred the automatic collection of union dues. Relying on federal financial records, the Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice found union membership has declined by 50% or more at some unions, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 48, which represents Milwaukee city and county workers. It has gone from more than 9,000 members and income exceeding $7 million in 2010 to about 3,500 members and a deep deficit by the end of last year. Walker inherited a budget mess from the administration of former Gov. Jim Doyle. He was facing a sizable deficit and entrenched public sector unions that had big political power bases that they used to protect their members. That often put them at odds with both good government and overburdened taxpayers. It was necessary to ask more of public workers — to have them pay a larger portion of their benefits. In particular, Walker needed to get control of spiraling health care benefits.

Republicans introduced a controversial bill; liberal lawmakers fled the state to avoid votes while Leftists occupied the capitol, spewed vile hatred, and leveled chilling threats. Who is primarily responsible for the incivility in Madison, again? Livid and defeated, Democrats launched a costly do-over election campaign against Walker, indicting him with some of the objections raised in the editorial above. When the dust settled, the people of Wisconsin decisively chose to let Governor Hitler McDivisive retain his job. Walker won by a larger percentage, and with more raw votes, than in his original race. Now, as their membership craters, Wisconsin’s government unions despair. Behold, the wages of choice. Government union workers — the very people who opposed Walker most strenuously — have discovered that their membership isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be: These dues aren’t worth it…I can spend my own money better…buh-bye.

Do you remember how mean and nasty that situation was? Heck, we got into the mix here—some reader kept heaving immense comments trying to bludgeon us with sheer verbiage. We just kept repeating the facts. And this is another one. Wisconsin is fiscally healthier than before, and the state workers couldn’t be happier to be free of unions and the pinkie-ringed thugs who run them—to say nothing of the extortion they call dues.

As I used to ask: what was that all about?

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It’s Anti-Union, B*tches [UPDATE: It's Anti-Poor Too!]

[Bleep] we can’t make up.

Unions have come to hate ObamaCare!

We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision.

First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.

Yeah, but other than that…

Second, millions of Americans are covered by non-profit health insurance plans like the ones in which most of our members participate.

Under the ACA as interpreted by the Administration, our employees will treated differently and not be eligible for subsidies afforded other citizens. As such, many employees will be relegated to second-class status and shut out of the help the law offers to for-profit insurance plans.

And finally, even though non-profit plans like ours won’t receive the same subsidies as for-profit plans, they’ll be taxed to pay for those subsidies. Taken together, these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable, and will undermine the health-care market of viable alternatives to the big health insurance companies.

Hold on a sec. Let me wipe this tear from my eye. A tear of laughter! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! HOHOHOHOHOHOHOHO!!!!!! HEEHEEHEEHEEHEE!!!!!!!

Sorry… [chortle]… couldn’t be helped [snort]… must remain professional [titter].

Oh, this is just so rich. They’re calling themselves out; I don’t have to. Everybody saw this coming—those who read the bill most of all. What complete boobs. “Boots on the ground”? Ha! Boots up the ass, more like. It couldn’t happen to a better gang of pinkie-ringed union thugs.

See ya in the unemployment line, suckers!

PS: I wonder if even one self-identified liberal will draw the only reasonable conclusion about big-government entitlements from the complete FUBAR-edness of this cluster. Just one. I doubt it.

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What’s another million on welfare? Come on in, the water’s fine!

The study, “Health Insurance, Labor Supply, and Employment Lock,” concludes that Americans employed primarily to gain private insurance coverage may leave the workforce when they become eligible for free or heavily subsidized health insurance. The authors, Craig Garthwaite, Tal Gross, and Matthew J. Notowidigdo, write that the Affordable Care Act, which “affects adults not traditionally eligible for public health insurance, may cause large reductions in the labor supply of low-income adults.”

Using CPS data, we estimate that between 840,000 and 1.5 million childless adults in the US currently earn less than 200 percent of the poverty line, have employer-provided insurance, and are not eligible for public health insurance.

Applying our labor supply estimates directly to this population, we predict a decline in employment of between 530,000 and 940,000 in response to this group of individuals being made newly eligible for free or heavily subsidized health insurance. This would represent a decline in the aggregate employment rate of between 0.3 and 0.6 percentage points from this single component of the ACA.

Garthwaite, Gross, and Notowidigdo find “strong evidence that public health insurance affects labor supply decisions” — in particular, they conclude public health-insurance provides a “strong work disincentive” to those who qualify for it.

No kidding…

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