- State Roundup: NIU employee improperly reimbursed $30K
- State Roundup: Governor signs budget fix bills
- Rauner, Democratic leaders shake hands and make law
- State roundup: National guardsman and cousin arrested in terror plot
- Lawmaker says license plate readers a privacy threat
- Bryant not the first to feel impact of free agency rules
- State Roundup: Parents’ group calls for standardized test opt-out bill
- Hononegah Mack: ‘The best woman in the county’
- The tip of the iceberg: Human trafficking in America
- State Roundup: House passes proposal to fill current fiscal year budget gap
Unions’ wounds are self-inflicted
I have heard a lot of grumbling lately from retired teachers and other state union people about the inequity of the pension bill recently passed in Springfield, Ill. I wonder if any of these people have stopped to realize that their wounds in this regard are all pretty much self-inflicted.
Union people in general tend to be Democrats, because it has been Democrats who have controlled the General Assembly, and who have promised these “pie in the sky” retirement benefits. They promised extravagant retirement programs, at our expense, of course, in exchange for the votes necessary to keep them in office. The union members should have known those exorbitant promises were not fiscally responsible. They keep voting for Democrats, however, because they like the utopian fantasy of living on easy street after they retire.
It was easy for the Democrat legislators to make these promises because by the time the payoff came around, they would be long gone. So, we have disingenuous and irresponsible Democrat legislators making ludicrous promises, and gullible union workers casting uninformed votes. Now, union workers are complaining about the results of their own shortsightedness. Actions have consequences, and the votes of these union folks are coming home to roost.
From the Dec. 18-24, 2013, issue