My Union Leadership sent me an article the other day to keep me informed on the current budget issues facing, not only my State but all the States of the Union. I was excited to read it, as I have been asking for a more detailed explanation of the current budget crisis, and how it affects me as a public employee. The article was written by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). It is titled GOVERNORS ARE PROPOSING FURTHER DEEP CUTS IN SERVICES, LIKLEY HARMING THEIR ECONOMIES – LESS HARMFUL ALERNATIVES INCLUDE REVENUE INCREASES AND RAINY DAY FUNDS. (dated March 21, 2011). Yeah, I was taken aback by the title as well. Not just for its length, but the fact that it made a policy statement in the title, I thought that was interesting. But wait, that’s not all. You see, I speak “liberaleses” and I caught the code words right away. I was not to be deterred however and sat down to read the 23 page report, not once or twice but thrice. For those of you who do not speak “liberalese” let me translate a few phrases. “Revenue increases”, “Raising new revenue”, “increased federal aid” and “revenue raising measures” all translate to “TAX INCREASES”. Let’s see if I can break down their 23 page article into a paragraph, maybe two.
It is a pretty complicated scenario so I can see why it took so much space to explain it, but I am going to give it a try. States that elected conservative or republican governors, get this, want to cut spending. Sates that elected liberal or democratic governors want to, wait for it, raise taxes, uh, ops I mean want to “raise new revenue”. Whew! that was tough, I was not sure I was going to get that into one paragraph.
The bias in this article was clear even to a layman such as me. It literally jumps right of the page at you. So I began to think, who is the CBPP? I bet they are one of them 501 c 3 type nonprofit organizations I am always hearing about. You know what else I heard them there type organizations’ have to file tax returns. So I jumped on that there information superhighway that Al Gore invented and in a few clicks I was looking at their tax returns for 2007, 08, and 09. Yep I guessed right they are one of them 501 c 3 nonprofit type thing a ma whats its. Wow that’s quite an operating budget for a nonprofit think tank, I wonder who some of their donors are. So I began to think to myself, self, who would fund a left wing, liberal think tank, that would be disseminating information out to little ol’ me, the dues paying member of a union. In just a few clicks I was looking at the tax returns for Open Society Institute (OSI) and the Tides Foundation. Wouldn’t you know it, the CBPP has received 2.5 million dollars from these to organizations from 2007, 08 and 09. 2010 numbers are not yet available. So what. Oh yeah except the OSI which funds the Tides Foundation and then in turn they both fund CBPP, what was I saying? Oh yeah that’s that multi -multi billionaire left wing, progressive, new world order, one world socialist government guy, George Soros.
So I want to thank the guys that we pay a very handsome wage to look out for our interest, for taking the time actually do some research and well, look out for our interest. I sure would hate it if they were just passing on some left wing propaganda handed down from, uh, uh, oh never mind.
While researching this “article” I did however stumble across some other very interesting material about the stability of our pension funds that requires a less sarcastic response. So till next time……