Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How Public Unions Exploit the Ruse of 'Official Time'

WSJ ^ | 10-3-12 | mallory factor

Imagine thousands of government employees reporting to work each morning at their government offices and then doing no government work. They use government workspace, government telephones and government computers, all while working on projects unknown and unidentified to their government employers. They receive hefty taxpayer-funded salaries, promotions, bonuses and benefits, plus generous government pensions when they retire—all without doing any work on behalf of the taxpayer. Instead, they work as paid political operatives for powerful government unions.

Welcome to the common practice of "official time." Sometimes called "release time," it's a mechanism by which the government pays union officials to work on union matters during their government workdays. This mechanism—enshrined in law and contracts—is an enormous subsidy to public-employee unions, who defend it fiercely.

The Office of Personnel Management reports that federal employees spent over three million hours on official time in 2010, costing the taxpayers about $137 million in salary and benefits costs.

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Down South, them State Troopers Have a Way with Words...

Down South, them State Troopers
Have a Way with Words...

Ten best quotes from South Carolina state Troopers-
as gathered by police band radio monitors

1. "If you run... you'll only go to jail tired, son."

2. "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new.
They'll stretch after you wear them a while."

3. "If you take your hands off the car,
I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."

4. "Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I'm warning you
not to do that again or I'll give you
another ticket."

5 "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second?
Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you."

6 "Just how big were those 'two beers' you say you had?"

7 "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not: was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"

8 "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, 'fair' is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop."

9 "Yeah, we have a quota- two more tickets
and my wife gets a toaster oven!"

10 "You didn't think we give pretty women tickets?
You're right, we don't... sign here."


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Obama’s America has Worse GDP Growth than Cuba!

Frontpage Magazine ^ | 10-03-2012 | Daniel Greenfield

What it took Castro over 50 years to Cuba, Obama has managed to accomplish in less than four years and without complete dictatorial powers (only partial dictatorial powers). Now how can anyone call him a failure after that?

The United States is already below 75 percent of the world in GDP growth. That means we’re well below Egypt, Mexico and Albania. Forget beating China, which is No. 10 while we’re No. 166 and falling, we need to start figuring out how to get ahead of our immediate rivals, Bosnia, Jamaica and Cuba.

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