Yes, You Bear Some Responsibility
In the obviously titled “State workers protest any pension cuts,” one protester said the following:
Others, including social worker Michael Fallon, said they felt state workers had been unfairly made the “scapegoats” for both the ballooning unfunded liability in the state pension fund and the “poor management” that landed Rhode Island in its current fiscal mess.
Being the member of a union does not mean one’s hands are clean of the stains that the union’s behavior leaves — quite the opposite — and union behavior has been a key component in our state’s management. If members have voted for specific candidates under union advisement, if they have stood by while their lobbyists worked back-room deals, if they have said nothing as their dues bought ads on progressive Web sites and financed the campaigns of the legislators who have done such grave harm to our state, then they are not mere “scapegoats,” but active parts of the problem.
The first step to fixing that problem will be for them to realize that one-issue voting (the issue being “my employment deal”) is self-defeating because so calamitous in its result.