Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Senator Brown, you should be "ashamed" of yourself...

...unless you're prepared to call out your fellow Democrats in Massachusetts.

During the consideration of Senate Bill 5 in Ohio, our senior Senator Brown called out the "conservative politicians in Columbus" for the policy approach to fiscal responsibility (via in Youngstown, Ohio (emphasis added)):
Brown: Lawmakers Behind SB5 'Should Be Ashamed'

Twice this week, the Statehouse in Columbus has been filled with supporters on both sides of Senate Bill 5, which would eliminate collective bargaining for public employees.

Many Republicans and Tea Party people are for the bill, while the unions are against it.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, doesn't think it's right that every time something goes wrong the workers are blamed. If governor, Brown said he'd veto the bill.

"I just can't believe all these conservative politicians in Columbus that all get state health insurance and all get these benefits that they're taking collective bargaining rights from policemen and women, from firefighters from teachers from nurses," said Brown. "They should be ashamed of themselves."

Brown added that the reason there's a strong middle class in the United State is because of the to right unionize and bargain collectively.
It should lead one to wonder what Senator Brown will have to say now that Democrats in Massachusetts, whom he is simpatico with, are taking the exact same policy approach to their fiscal challenges (via the Boston Globe):
House votes to restrict unions
Measure would curb bargaining on health care

House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.

The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.

Unions fought hard to stop the bill, launching a radio ad that assailed the plan and warning legislators that if they voted for the measure, they could lose their union backing in the next election. After the vote, labor leaders accused House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and other Democrats of turning their backs on public employees...



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