Notes From Babel

A Glimmer of Hope: Public Sentiment Toward Unions Cools

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This made my day:

If this is true and all the “we put our lives on the line” and “your kids need us” and “we are America’s beating heart” nonsense has finally lost its hold on our imaginations, maybe we can bring these guys down to earth.  Fiscal sanity might not be just a pipe dream anymore.

UPDATE: Amity Shlaes in an OC Register op-ed agrees:

But [the unwillingness to challenge unions is] changing, as evidenced by the Star-Ledger’s decision to shame the Marlboro educators. The public is beginning to question the legitimacy of public unions’ power because taxpayers know that commitments for worker health care and pensions are busting state budgets all over the country.

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Written by Tim Kowal

March 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Posted in Public Employee Unions

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  1. Based on my admittedly limited knowledge I would propose that maybe the favorability generally went up from ’85 to ’01 because the economy was doing well and people didn’t get too persnickety about waste. Then recession in mid 90’s, ’01, and currently cause people to look at the drains on our money.


    March 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    • I think you’re probably right on the money (no pun intended). Now that everyone else has hit the brick wall, they’re wondering why unions aren’t nursing their lumps like the rest of us.

      Tim Kowal

      March 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm

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