Union Theory Proven
The best election-results quotes from Rhode Island conservatives/reformers came out of East Providence:
[Soon-to-be-former School Committee Chairman Anthony] Carcieri laughed in the face of defeat and said, “The public has spoken, so get your checkbooks out. We’ll be paying a lot of taxes in the near future.”
Soon-to-be-former Mayor Joseph Larisa points to the deeper lesson of the election:
… Larisa said the results show “East Providence is now bought, owned and paid for by organized labor. This election proves that misrepresentation and money can buy elections in East Providence.”
Actually, the more significant proof that the results offer is of the rationale for banning public-sector unions. In this case, the unions didn’t like the parties with whom they were negotiating, so they’ve elected themselves new ones. Union members are fully within their rights to do so, but to allow them an organized — often statewide or national — movement funded via negotiated salaries and mandatory dues tilts the balance to an unjust degree.
In effect, public-sector employees are doubly represented, as employees and as employers taxpayers. Since it would be contrary to principles of democracy to disenfranchise them, it would be fair and reasonable to bar their unionization.