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Unions and Shutdown

Recorded on February 25, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Despite the March 4th deadline on federal spending plans, the U.S. Senate has been inactive. Senate leaders just gripe, but refuse to devote long hours working on the budget as the House did.

But there is action among labor unions that represent government workers. They plan to follow their huge demonstration in Wisconsin with rallies in all 50 states. Behind-the-scenes they are working to make it seem disastrous if federal workers are furloughed as part of the fight to reduce spending.

When we had partial shutdowns in 1995, unions quietly led the public relations effort to make big government seem indispensable. After all, that's how they get the compensation packages that dwarf those in the private sector.

But we're supposed to have government of the people, by the people and for the people, not of the government unions, by the unions and for the unions.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.