Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Ships, wealth, general confidence, All were his; He counted them at break of day, And when the sun set! where were they.
- Byron, English Poet (1788-1824)

national association of letter carriers

Cumulative Donations
Unions vs. Koch Industries from 1989-2012 

Unions

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees $47,869,048
Service Employees International Union $38,819,196
National Education Association $38,284,919
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $34,928,253
American Federation of Teachers $32,850,516
Teamsters Union $32,657,878
Laborers Union $32,629,200
Carpenters & Joiners Union $31,622,758
Communications Workers of America $31,271,197
United Food & Commercial Workers Union $27,981,755
United Auto Workers $27,926,225
Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union $27,379,727
National Association of Letter Carriers $22,699,084
AFL-CIO $22,263,800
Sheet Metal Workers Union $19,737,520
International Association of Fire Fighters $19,154,293
Plumbers & Pipefitters Union $19,010,856
Operating Engineers Union $18,232,474
Airline Pilots Association $17,281,597
United Transportation Union $15,263,410
United Steelworkers $15,123,146
Ironworkers Union $15,074,374
American Postal Workers Union $14,046,823
Total $602,108,049

 

The Koch Brothers

Koch Industries Total $12,687,199

 

source: opensecrets.org

 

 

For all the liberals crying about how the money of the Koch Brothers is “buying American Democracy,” that kind of puts it in perspective, doesn’t it?

And as far as I know, in every single one of those unions, the union dues are mandatory and in most of those industries, there is no alternative but to work for the union. You either resign yourself to having to pay those mandatory union dues or you have to abandon that line of work completely.

Now here’s the great injustice in the mandatory union dues and the $600 million the unions have poured into our elections over the last 23 years: in the last presidential election, 40% of those union members voted for John McCain in 2008, but nearly 100% of their mandatory union dues went to support liberal causes and Democrat candidates.

How can anyone think that’s a fair system?

Sure, for the Democrats and the 21% of Americans who describe themselves as liberals, they will find a way to contort themselves and bend over backward to try to justify this system, but for the majority of Americans who can look at it plainly and clearly, the fact that unions have the power to siphon money from their members’ paychecks into causes and candidates they do not support is reprehensible and morally wrong.

 

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