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Are Modern Catholic Academic Viewpoints on Labor a Help or a Hindrance?

By Jerry Todd, staff writer

I’ve always been a great fan of Pope St. Leo XIII’s whose moves to protect the working man during the Industrial Revolution resulted in the rise of labor unions. It saddens me to see how unionism has fallen under totalitarian rule with the leaders thriving on power rather than the welfare of the workers – or the survival of the companies that employ them.

More than one union has committed economic suicide by demanding pay and benefits beyond what an industry can support. They forgot it wasn’t only solidarity, it was also subsidiarity – well-stated in Pope Benedict XVI’s “Caritas in veritate” 57 and 58.  A company has a better chance of prospering with a happy and motivated work force. Companies will move offshore or die if they can no longer compete. The wreckage of heavily unionized industries dots the American landscape. All ignored the “formula” our Founders left us in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I’m for labor unions, but have a real problem with public employee unions.  There’s a “Catch-22” here, because public employees need some form of collective bargaining at times, but the power they exercise in the body politic has become a possibly terminal cancer in our society. Public employee unions have an evil advantage over the taxpayer who suddenly finds himself paying salaries and perks to public “servants” ranging all the way to near full time pay in retirement at a rate 3 times what the hardest worker in the private sector can hope to amass. It’s a far cry from freely choosing to buy a union shop’s product at any price.

Cities and states under control of federal government funds can benefit from newly printed money against rising debt to cover for their extravagance. Municipal and state bankruptcies result in vast cuts in normal public services and infrastructure – just look at the weeds and ruts along California highways in spite of the highest highway taxes in the nation.

When public employee unions run their own candidates or push the election of others, they are cementing the status quo and bureaucratic inefficiency into the workings of the community and nation.  See what a horrible price our children and wallets have paid to uphold the power of the now well entrenched educational establishment and public service employees unions worldwide!

Though good professors from Catholic institutions may proclaim the human is not autonomous, they do not justify collectivism that ignores the specialness of the individual and his responsibilities to God, family and self. Diversity limited to race, sex and ethnicity has damaged our entire outlook because true diversity is the infinite range of God-given gifts and talents that must be educed from the individual and developed for the good of all for the glory of God. Clayton Sinyai of the Catholic Labor Network said, “as Catholics, we are bound to seek other models to accomplish our ends.” How about considering a Catholic model that combines subsidiarity and solidarity, just as personal responsibility and e pluribus unum made this nation great?

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By Bill Martinez, Coach is Right contributor

Looking at the non-stop unrest in Ferguson reminds me of what so much of America has become.  Our ideology and unsettled grievances result in a tension that is keeping us apart from reason and if left unresolved will lead to even worse consequences and ramifications.

I see reasonable people in Ferguson who are willing to see due process play out.  After all, 99.9% of us were not there when Michael Brown was shot by police office Darren Wilson.  The facts are yet to be determined and that will take a reasonable amount of time.

Every news report or sound bite which claims to reveal new information regarding P.O. Wilson or Michael Brown serves only to call into question the claims of the other side.  Until all of the information has been investigated and deemed factual, opinion will rule the day.  And this opinion, especially when presented by those who hope to turn death into a narrative of race, will serve to benefit no one. You can always expect such individuals to fuel the racial flames because it’s in their interest.

But what about the interest of Michael Brown’s family, the local police, officer Darren Wilson, the community of Ferguson and America at large?  I see a neighborhood, a community and a nation that wants once and for all, racial healing.  As to what we expect from our president, maybe we should just speak out with boldness against his politically correct narrative and call it what it is—typically unhelpful nonsense which often serves only to delay a round of golf.  

Black America, you are well loved by most of us.  Remember that people of all colors went to fight in the Civil War on your behalf, some against their own blood that you would be free and flourish.  So be free already.  

We are all Americans and as such, we stand ready against all injustice.  Throughout our country’s history, Americans of all colors have fought to defend our God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Hear our hearts Black America, come and join us, black, brown, white, this nation of all colors and accept that the Civil War is over.  

We need all of America engaged to confront an attack by a few against our principles and values.  This isn’t a Republican, Democrat or Independent thing…it’s the right thing and in your heart you know that to be true.

I say, let’s reason together, in the spirit of brotherhood and peace.  I am not black, but I need you just as you need me to be the best God has made us all to be.  And together, unified we can truly overcome and realize the dream of Martin Luther King.  So what do you say?  Are you in?

About Bill Martinez,
From doing public affairs radio while in the Marine Corps to working with Wolfman Jack, Bill Martinez has spent 40 years talking AND listening on the radio. “There is so much information going on out there, it is important to discern what is the truth and what is the lie.”  We’re excited that Bill will be with us at Coach is Right, separating fact from fiction for our readers in every article.

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Public employee Unions. Some things never change

Sixteen years ago, Coach is Right contributor Jerry Todd wrote the following brief letter to the editor of The Californian, the hometown paper of Bakersfield, California. If anything has changed over the years, it has only been for the worse.

October 24, 1998

Letters Editor
P.O. Box 440
Bakersfield, CA 93302 – Sent by FAX

Dear Editor:

I’m for labor unions, but have a real problem with public employee unions. There’s a “Catch-22” here, because public employees need some form of collective bargaining at times, but the power they exercise in the body politic has become a possibly terminal cancer in our society.

When they run their own candidates or push the election of others, they are cementing the status quo and bureaucratic inefficiency into the workings of the community and nation. Consider the horrible price our children and wallets have paid thanks to the power of the now well entrenched educational establishment!

One politician’s ad sneers that his opponent has a “0” National Education Association rating. Yet that, for those of us who hate socialism from the core of our beings, is the highest praise one could heap on a candidate. For the rest of you, cry for your beloved country and for what you are doing to it!

Gerald V. Todd    

Ride the RID to Victory!


By Jerry Todd,  staff writer

How do we deal with the Republican circular firing squad and the Democrat lock-step obedience to media talking points? The answer is simple enough if we’re willing to analyze it. Both parties – are infected with “progressivism” and all it stands for. Republicans, Independents and Democrats who love their country and are concerned for their children are all being attacked, vilified and lied to by the cancer of “progressivism” – with big (often ridiculously ignorant “No Big Gulps”) money behind it.

We already know who the enemy is…actually two-faced and a culture of death – it’s that serious! Here’s why: The jihadist’s want us all dead after laying waste to all that is beautiful then under subjection to Sharia law. They are willing to commit suicide to force us into compliance or death. Why are we allowing Christians to be slaughtered and Israel to fight for her life while we ignore their attackers’ sins, except for “progressive” collusion?

The “progressive” has total disdain for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. There’s much more, but these basics should be enough to know who we’re dealing with. The eugenicist’s among them seek a world with a 90% reduction in human population. If someone tells you the Declaration of Independence has no standing today, you’ll know he/she is a “progressive.”

It shouldn’t be too hard to focus on the cancer of “progressivism” and forget about parties. The better candidate will surface when the “cancer” and its love of money are exposed.

 (Personal Note: Cancers can be cured. Even the most avid “progressive” can come to love the country that gave him his opportunities. I was stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 9 years ago and declared cured by my famous oncologist. Even the cancer of “progressivism” can be cured in any individual.)

Do I have to paint a picture? I even have a name for it – since Tea Party (Constitutionalist) scares the ignorant and lied to. Let’s call it the RID’s! Republicans, Independents, Democrats for a constitutional republic. RID this Constitutional Republic of the cancer of “progressivism!”

 Kind of like the ring to it!


Short and sweet

BY Jerry Todd,  staff writer

I’m no conspiracy theorist, but I have been around the pike a few times and learned some lessons from people a lot smarter than me. Given the current “refugee” fiasco, I have my suspicions. This includes any plan to fly unregistered, unvetted young people – mostly young men – around the country.

The perps in the Administration could easily drop a planeload of Fast and Furious-armed jihadist’s or MS-13 – same thing in some cases – into any military base which can be overwhelmed in short order because the military are unarmed save for a few security personnel.
I haven’t seen any teen age girls among Obama’s sympathy inducing, South American imports.  Did they stay home or were they diverted to other tasks?
Yes we have to care for the little ones who have already earned their coyote’s $6-10 grand apiece to deliver them to the border. Which slush fund accomplished this – plus paying off the Mexican Government which can’t even release one innocent Marine? Alinsky’s boys and girls are making sure we Christians “live up to our own book of rules” re mercy. (#4)
IMO the most dangerous time is the two weeks our Commander in Chief is away and above it all, safely ensconced on Martha’s Vineyard.  When the cat’s away, the MusBro’s will play.