Re: Kevin Foley guest column, "GOP governors declare war on 'our heroes,'" Friday's MDJ
Mr. Foley begins his nauseating pontification by admitting that it took 9/11 to get him to properly respect firefighters and first responders. He also admits that it took him a bit longer to begin to respect police officers and teachers, but he finally did so. He then accuses the rest of us of being just like him. Hear me; some of us are not one bit like him.
Let me offer some advice to help with his cranial-rectal problems regarding those he now fawningly chooses to call a "breed apart." They are not one bit different from the rest of us; all are American citizens, some deserve our respect; some are even brave and hardworking; and some of them are indeed heroes, deserving of the highest honor we can give them.
He seems unable to comprehend, or, more likely unwilling to admit, that this fight is not at all about how we view them. It is about taxes and government and greed and power.
Unions were formed in this country by brave men who successfully fought greedy robber barons. They were even admired and supported by people like FDR, who, however; said the following; "All government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. Under no circumstances shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States Government."
Public sector workers are paid with tax money; not profit margin. Private sector workers can justifiably demand fair pay for good work, thus setting a "standard." Public sector workers deserve fair treatment, according to that standard, and citizens should elect politicians like FDR who will ensure that.
I do not believe unions were formed by men like Mr. Foley or his cowardly "Democratic state senators," who, "are having none of Walker's scheme and fled the state." Unions are an idea that will never die, but they are currently getting their collective noses deservedly shoved in the mud precisely because they allowed themselves to become as greedy as those barons they fought in the beginning.
Kenneth D. Parrott