Monday, February 15, 2010

Public sector: An anchor as we sink

From Katherine Kersten at the Minneapolis/St.Paul Star Tribune:

"While the rest of the economy is reeling, government just keeps expanding. Why?"

"A major factor is the power of public-sector unions. New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that, for the first time in history, a majority of American union members -- 52 percent -- now work for the government. James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation points out that "three times more union members now work in the Post Office than in the auto industry.""

"States with strong public unions -- including California, New Jersey and New York -- make the threat vividly clear. There, unsustainable budget deficits and public pension liabilities are killing economic vitality."

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