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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?

Additional reading:  http://www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowAuthor.php?id=toddgv

Anti-American unions have always said, “Our policy is not to win the war at any cost.”

By Kevin “Coach” Collins
 
American unions have a long and clear history of anti-Americanism. Virtually since their inception unions have been run by either Communists or the Mafia. But now that is changing for the worse.  While both of these plagues on our working people have been countered in recent years, the reigns of control of unions have apparently been handed off to a new even more virulent strain of anti-Americanism: Islam.
 
Union anti-Americanism showed itself in 1943 when, during the height a World War whose outcome was very much in doubt, United Auto Workers union head thug Tom Di Lorenzo had no qualms about admitting, “Our policy is not to win the war at any cost.”  
 
On July 25, the anti-American leaders of the United Steel Workers local 8751 president Steven Kirschbaum and his vice president Steven Gillis proudly attended an Al Quds event in Boston. It is instructive to note that as per a laudatory article in the “Workers World” a Communist newspaper, USW 8751 was founded by Communists.  
 
These gatherings are anti-Semitic, anti-American hate festivals where calls for murdering Jews are regularly heard.    
 
During a subsequent public rally held in Boston on August 4th there were chants of support for the Palestinian Intifada which were coordinated and lead by Kirschbaum as his mob of America haters marched along Boylston Street.
 
Among the chants directed by the anti-American Kirschbaum and Gillis was American Islam’s new favorite, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” which is a call for murdering every single Jew in Israel.     
 
By organizing this anti-American rally these two leaders of a bus drivers’ union have shown solidarity with and encouraged Islamic thugs who blow up busses, killing passengers and drivers alike in Israel.
 
Rallies like these are exactly the kind of signal the 7th century savages of Islam are looking for to start carrying out ISIS threats to bring their war against Israel to the streets of America. Nevertheless, these union thugs – one possibly Jewish himself – don’t care about anything but lining their own pockets.   

Those who still hold the naïve notion that unions represent the epitome of America’s patriotic working men and women shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for the national USW structure to censure Kirschbaum and Gillis. The unions of today make no pretense about siding with America’s enemy. They are increasingly influenced by the far more dangerous Islamist.
 
Di Lorenzo’s words were, “Our policy is not to win the war at any cost.” Today’s union thugs are saying, “Our policy is not to win the war.”
 
Sources:
http://www.writersreps.com/feature.aspx?FeatureID=214http://www.writersreps.com/feature.aspx?FeatureID=214

http://www.workers.org/articles/2013/11/21/usw-local-8751-leads-way/

http://www.truthrevolt.org/israel-revolt/leadership-boston-bus-drivers-union-helps-lead-call-intifada-near-scene-boston-bombing

Knowing Blacks won’t do a thing, Unions demand equating M L King with convicted murderer Abu-Jamal

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

In order to remain true to the Democrat Party, Black Americans have had to eat a lot of dirt. Barack Obama forced their religious leaders to put their bibles aside and tell their congregations that homosexuality is perfectly acceptable. Blacks have endured high crime, low living standards and drug infested neighborhoods because the Democrat Party has ignored their pleas for help. They are suffering the highest unemployment rates and poorest academic achievement by their young people. Their dreams have been reduced to pictures hung on greasy walls in public housing projects showing John Kennedy and Martin Luther King walking up to heaven.

Nevertheless, when all else has been awful in their lives, the Blacks of America have always taken pride at having Martin Luther King, one of their own, being a major American hero. Now the Left is asking them to sit by and watch King be denigrated by Democrat unions seeking to equate him with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Philadelphia street thug who killed Police Office Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9 1981.   

The Alameda California Labor Council has passed a resolution condemning the Oakland Unified School District and calling them a tool of the Fraternal Order of Police, for censoring a lesson plan that shows Abu-Jamal as a hero of the magnitude of Martin Luther King.   

In their foaming at the mouth lying about Abu-Jamal, the Leftist unions say he has been, “unfairly singled out for punishment,” because the convicted cop killer is “an outspoken critic of the corruption and racism of the American legal system and both parties of American capitalism.” Racism? American Capitalism? This bastard killed a police office by shooting him while standing directly over his victim.

To further their insulting case the bottom feeders of the Left have asserted that Martin Luther King, the very essence of non-violence, was like the convicted cop killer because of his radical politics.

The Oakland Unified School District has stood tall in this battle because they realize the unions’ demands amount to dragging a true American hero down so a criminal animal can be praised. To its credit so far the school system has said no. Good for them and good for America.   

Source:

http://eagnews.org/labor-unions-pass-resolution-defending-cop-killer-mumia-abu-jamal-lesson-comparing-him-to-mlk/

Illinois: a Democrat Party paradise of unions and crime

By Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer

The restoration of the University of Illinois’ iconic Alma Mater statue in April of this year comes with very mixed emotions.  After undergoing a $300,000, two year restoration effort, our academic mother rests on her pedestal, arms outstretched once again welcoming us to Wright and Green Streets.  But haven’t our university and other Illinois colleges and universities really made Illini citizens the children of cobblers who have no shoes?  How can the state with such a proud academic and medical reputation be in such horrific disarray?  Reading the most recent alumni magazine is disconcerting.

“Blue Waters supercomputer on the Urbana campus (University of Illinois) is so fast that in one second it can run the same number of calculations that a human with a calculator would require 32 MILLION years to do.” (1)  “Such power allows measurement-intensive modeling of complex systems of all kinds, from virus cells to hurricanes…”   Yet, such academic prowess can’t or won’t figure out how to fix the abject dysfunction of Chicago, America’s number one city per capita in killings, murder, violence, shootings, and pure misery for many neighborhoods.

Consider the terrible contrast between the proposed Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute and the third world violence zones that allow citizens to live in fear and misery 24/7!  Less than a three hour drive separates the two vastly different realities. “Unless we have economic rebirth in our state, our children are going to seek jobs and careers elsewhere,” says Chris Kennedy, UI Board of Trustees Chairman.  YOU THINK?  If they manage to survive, that is.

An Email I received at about the same time as the Illini Alumni Magazine states the following about Illinois and Cook County:

“State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, WORST IN COUNTRY.  Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25%, HIGHEST IN COUNTRY. Four former governors in jail, MOST IN COUNTRY!  This astounding paragraph in the anonymous Email goes on: “Perhaps the US should pull out of Chicago.  Body count: in the last six months, 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago.  221 killed in Iraq.  AND, Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US.” (2)

How can a State worthy of international recognition for astounding research and development in the fields of space, medical research, engineering and digital excellence and mathematical acclaim have such a glaring negative sum with its soft subject offerings?  How can ruin, crime and bankruptcy plague Chicago’s urban population while state universities achieve international renown in hard subject studies?  

One answer here: Political Correctness is killing Illinois!  Silly curriculum offerings present sex week, encouraging nubile young people to enjoy a week of sex, lies, and videotape on the student debt dime. But few participants can recite—let alone comprehend– the evil speech of Shakespeare’s Iago who used his cunning and brilliant intellect to harm his fellows, rather than help, as former Illinois students once were taught.  Refusing to require competency in the greatness of Classic Literature (perhaps written by old white guys) is turning out computer freaks without moral imperatives.

The anonymous Email goes on to pound the Springfield legislature that is All Democrat, All of the Time.  “There are more people on welfare in Illinois than there are people working.  Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers of anywhere else in the US averaging $110,000 a year.  Their pensions average 80-90% of their incomes.” (3)  Many teacher union dues donations go straight into Democrat party coffers; the “contributions” coming right off of the top of paychecks, btw. A researcher with ties to Urbana years ago went on to document how many state officials and politicians have done jail time over the years.

We know that POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is destroying our country. And since we have to admit this horror has a death grip on Illinois’ academic community, may we also deduce that PC is the reason for Illinois’ severe decline?  What is wrong with a blinkered mentality that fosters such futuristic development yet foments such third world decay and violence?  The failure rests, I submit, with the once proud Journalistic tradition that taught students how to hold politicians accountable.  Is it true that over 80% of reporters and editors vote Democrat, supporting the Party and its ideology?  Have we forgotten how to write unbiased news stories?

For to praise each other for digital futurism yet fail to recognize academia’s pyrrhic victories is for naught.  Is my anonymous Email any emptier than academia’s self-aggrandizement?

SOURCES:  

(1) ILLINOIS, Vol. 26, issue 4, University of Illinois Alumni Association, Summer 2014, pg. 34
(2) (3) Anonymous Email sent to me by my Illinois relatives.

A fool and his money are soon parted; Newark takes snarky mega rich fool Suckerberg for a ride

By Kevin “Coach” Collins
 
As the old saying goes, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” Four years ago we saw the “fool and his money…” play out with a great flourish on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Oprah did a show telling us what a great guy Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire owner of Facebook is for pledging to donate $100 million to the City of Newark. Zuckerberg naively believed the money would be used to improve Newark’s school system.  Of course the then mayor of Newark Cory Booker was only too happy to take this White Liberal sucker’s money to complete the “..are soon parted,” part.

Newark is a pit of corruption masquerading as a city. It is a typical Democrat crime ridden union run town where those who seek to do anything on a large scale must first yield to the will of local “machine.”
 
Zuckerberg’s plan was to donate to match gifts from other suckers so they could all feel good about themselves.  Zuckerberg (or should that be Suckerberg?) made his first donations in hopes that the money would somehow buy him absolution for the imagined guilt he felt for having such a huge fortune at such a young age. Not surprisingly the money went into union contract sweeteners.

Consultant fees, another Democrat tool for stealing grant money, ate up most of the rest of his “offering” to the gods of liberalism.

It is now four years since Zuckerberg’s genuflection and not much has happened except the transfer of some of his money to a system built to protect union contracts at the expense of Newark’s school children.

His initial twenty million dollar donation is gone because, among other reasons, Zuckerberg thought his skills with a computer would easily transfer to being a brilliant philanthropist. He thought just giving the sharks the money directly would circumvent any “meddlesome” governmental oversight presumably by mean conservatives.  The money did go directly into union and consultant pockets as Suckerberg planned, but because he helped circumvent oversight, the money has never been seen again. 

Since this ploy to buy a seat at the big liberal “table” has failed Zuckerberg has moved on to a new cause. He sponsors conservative sounding ads designed to trick people into supporting amnesty. Since he is not as smart as he thinks he is, he is being taken for a ride by the amnesty crowd. He’s apparently not smart enough to understand the people listening to his spots on conservative talk radio programs aren’t buying his act. He will have to keep looking for his absolution.

Maybe he can ask Jesse Jackson to take some of his money to promote “Reparations.” 

A fool and his money are soon parted.      

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2627858/Mark-Zuckerbergs-100million-gift-Newark-public-schools-spent-students-arent-getting-better-education.html