How can the American public expect to cut the budget on any level of government if they are unwilling to give their elected officials the tools they need to do the job? Even if you are sympathetic to the unions and collective bargaining, you have to realize that the only area where you can cut a significant amount of dollars is in a service business, and that is what government is supposed to do, union wages and benefits are where the largest costs are. You have to understand the conflict between unions, who contribute to the election of a candidate, and the benefits that they are able to have awarded in contracts. You should also be able to understand that they can not be allowed to strike, because, of the damage that causes to the common good of the taxpayers.
Public unions have managed to negotiate salaries and benefits that are 47% higher on average, than the private sector. To those people who are working for far less than unionized employee's and also to the unemployed, the suggestion of a tax increase or the refusal of unionized public employees to take a cut is overwhelming. To the unions taking less pay and benefits does not sit well, but the lines need to be drawn that are equitable for both the unions and the taxpayers. It is not that we do not appreciate the work they do, when they do it, but rather that it is unfair for the taxpayer to be overburdened supporting such unfair advantages.
The American people have to wake up. The recent attempt by states to deal with these problems has met stiff opposition with resistance by some who profess to want budgets and deficits cut. This "anyone except me" attitude will surely drive us over the edge into certain bankruptcy. What can you say about a society that seemingly is willing to steal from their children and grandchildren? This is an immoral and selfish position that shows in and of itself the manner those involved wish to engage in in order to maintain their greedy unfair conduct.
The WCTA was organized in March of 1982 because of a deep concern over rapidly escalating and unjust property tax assessments. We are a non-profit, non-partisan volunteer taxpayer organization dedicated to obtaining fiscal integrity and responsibility from all levels of government.
In July of 1982, we incorporated with the State of Michigan and proceeded to build our membership. We have resolved that our elected officials should be more accountable to their constituents for their actions.
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