Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How government employee unions work.

As I have noted,  my negative comments have been ONLY about government employee unions. I have no problem at all with private employee unions.

Why do I feel this way?

A union of government employees is just a method for the workers to bribe the managers at the expense of the taxpayers (employers).

It works like this.

a. Workers demand more money and benefits.

b. Managers agree to give it to them.

c. Taxpayer gives money to managers (politicians) because he is forced to pay taxes.

d. Managers give money to workers.

e. Workers gives part of the money back to the managers. (politicians)

Pretty neat. It is called "bribery."

In electronics this is known as positive feedback. And what it always causes is for the amplifier to break into oscillation and produce screeches, screams and howls.

To avoid this the gain of the amplifier is adjusted carefully. In some cases negative feedback is required to reduce the gain and prevent oscillation. That has not been done in the past.

Unfortunately for the unions the taxpayers have ran out of money for the politicians to take from them in taxes and have finally elected some officials with big enough balls to say, "No!"

The gain has been turned down and negative feedback is being applied.

Galaxy Science Fiction
April 1951

Over population and the results of government controls is another theme well explored by science fiction.
One of the more famous stories about this was published in the above magazine. "The Marching Morons," by C.M. Kornbluth foresees a world of 5 billion morons in which a few million elites are working to keep civilization and society functioning.

You can guess which group I identified with in 1951. As an elderly and more experienced person my support has switched.

"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.” - William Pitt
"Logic. There is little logic among the cultural elite, maybe because there is little omnipresent fear of job losses or the absence of money, and so arises a rather comfortable margin to indulge in nonsense." - Victor Davis Hanson

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