I'm going to use the Post Office as an example, since I am most intimately acquainted with its workings. Our company, before the blessed advent of the internet (thank you Al Gore), was predominantly mail order, which involved almost daily trips to the post office. After close to 30 years of dealing with the ineptness of the average postal employee, a deep and abiding
Today, the average postal employee manning the front desk is paid approximately $25.00 per hour. They receive top notch health benefits that include paying for such things as stomach stapling, and subsequent body lift surgery to remove excess skin. After a number of years, their vacation time is up in the six to eight week range, and they retire with healthy pensions and health plans.
Who pays for this? The taxpayer.
And what do you get in return? Overpriced and bad service.
Here's how it works:
The Federal government takes a bunch of money away from you
They redistribute it to a bunch of postal employees who are almost impossible to fire no matter how lax and ugly a work ethic they possess
The postal employee pays a bunch of money to a union to "protect" their interests
The heads of unions, after skimming off an obscene amount for themselves, in turn hand it out to mostly democratic politicians who promise to leave them alone.
Lather, rinse, and repeat...
Which brings me to our quote of the day from Melissa at The Lonely Conservative when writing about the possibility of a government shutdown:
What I want to know is – how will we be able to tell? I had the pleasure of going to both the Post Office and the Social Security Administration yesterday, and, judging by the speed at which the government workers functioned, I thought the shutdown already happened!
More on Unions:
Teresamerica: Pittsburgh Union Thuggery: If You Thought Chicago Was Bad...
RWN: Getting Rich Off the Taxpayers: School Administrators Double Dipping Pensions
John Fund WSJ: What's at Stake in Wisconsin's Budget Battle
The Economic Collapse: Are The Wild Teacher Protests In Wisconsin A Prelude To The Economic Riots That Are Coming To America?
Professor Bainbridge: The case against public sector unionism
Always on Watch: Insurrection In America's Midwest?
Doug Ross: Brief Illustrated History of Public Unions that, Together With the Democratic Party, are Waging War on the Taxpayer
Doug's title sort of says it all - and we thank him!