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It’s All About The (Union) Money

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/06/08

Since Governor Walker won election in the TEAnami of 2010 and proceeded to follow through with his campaign promises, Unions have spent 50 million or more fighting against the democratic election. And for good reason: the money. Unions saw their cash cow — forced Union dues to fund their politicking and to line their pockets — vanishing before their very eyes, and they had to do something to stop it. So they spent millions of dollars they couldn’t afford to lose in order to try to prevent losing even millions more dollars. They failed, of course.

From The Wall Street Journal (via American Thinker‘s May 31 article):

Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees-the state’s second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers-fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a person who has viewed Afscme’s figures. A spokesman for Afscme declined to comment.

Much of that decline came from Afscme Council 24, which represents Wisconsin state workers, whose membership plunged by two-thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year.

AFSCME Wisconsin lost more than 54 percent of its members in only one year since the Wisconsin Law went into effect. And those numbers are several months old. Guaranteed AFSCME Wisconsin has lost even more members since February. But to the Union Leaders, it’s not about the number of members (34,073 from March 2011 to February 2012) it loses, but the amount of dollars it loses.

I was a forced Union member for far too many years. My Union dues — which I did not want to pay but were required by Law to be taken out of my paycheck before I ever saw it — amounted to 60 dollars a month, 720 dollars a year. And that was actually on the bottom end of the dues rate for that Local (which served more than that one shop, of course). Washington State AFSCME members can be forced to pay as much as 76 dollars a month, 912 dollars a year. So, using what I paid in dues as the marker, AFSCME Wisconsin in just one year of dues-payer losses lost 24,532,560 dollars per year in Union dues. 24 and a half million dollars a year gone from the Union Leaders’ slush funds, and gone from the Democrat Party’s re-election funds. And that’s just from a single Union in a single State. That doesn’t count all the other Unions who lost members in Wisconsin, nor all the other states where Unions have recently lost large numbers of members. It only counts AFSCME and only in Wisconsin.

That is why the Unions spent upwards of 50 million dollars trying to overturn democratic elections.

(The above chart is of the all-time top political contributors nationally, as documented by Open Secrets. The top four circled political contributors are all Public Employee Unions and the bottom circled political contributor contains Public Employee Unions. Before any radical Leftist start screaming about the Koch Brothers not being on the list, they are … at number 77.)

UPDATE 2012610
Hot Air has more very related information today. It would be wise to read it (and watch the two videos).

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Claire McCaskill Given Seven Months To Vacate Premises

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/06/08

The new polls are out and, like the previous polls, Claire McCaskill’s life in the US Senate is over. I don’t see any way McCaskill can win, short of massive vote fraud (and it is common knowledge that Republicans have to win by greater than the margin of Democrat fraud). The Republican Primaries have not taken place in Missouri yet, but Claire McCaskill trails all three Republicans by a large margin.

Incumbency is the closest thing to a man-made perpetual motion machine. Once a politician becomes an incumbent trying to get re-elected to the same office, the chances of that politician winning go up by large margins. At the same time, a poll’s undecided voters, by the very nature of being undecided with an incumbent running, tend to break hard for the challenger. The benefit of incumbency means the people already know your name (and some even know what you’re about), thus “undecided” is not where the incumbent finds his or her voters. This is why an incumbent who polls below 50 percent, even when leading a poll, is said to be at risk of losing.

And Claire McCaskill is having a difficult time staying above 40 percent, in fact falling below 40 percent against one of the three Republican challengers. While those numbers for the Democrat Senatrix are worrisome enough for Democrats, it is the numbers for the three Republican challengers that is the cinch-knot. Each of the three Republicans hit the 50 percent mark against the Incumbent Democrat.

Sarah Steelman (whom I am leaning toward endorsing) leads McCaskill 51 to 39, with 7 percent undecided.
John Brunner has a 51 to 41 lead, with 6 percent undecided.
Claire McCaskill has her best shot against Todd Akin, trailing the Republican 50 to 42 with 7 percent undecided.

As I said, incumbency has a decided advantage, but that advantage was already used before the undecideds get around to deciding. So McCaskill is roughly at her ceiling, especially when considering all three of the Republicans hoping to challenge her have already broken through the 50 percent mark.

So, Claire, you have seven months to vacate your DC office.

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