3 July 2005

The goose and the gander

Through a special election (that costs $60 million to hold), California conservatives are trying to making it impossible for unions to donate to political causes without getting permission from all their members. Put simply, they're trying to stop unions from having any political role whatsoever. If these people are so adamantly opposed to any intrusion into the sphere of the individual, why don't they go whole-hog and stop corporations from making any political donation without the consent of every stockholder?

3 comments:

The Continental Op said...

Right you are, Karlo. I've long argued that corporations should be subject to the same regulations as unions -- not just with regard to political spending, but also with regard to things like elections.

And keep in mind that there are already substantial restrictions on union spending. Contrary to the rhetoric of the right, unions are already precluded from spending dues money for political purposes unrelated to the union's statutory function as collective bargaining representative. For general political spending, unions must have separate political funds, to which members voluntarily contribute.

Alicia said...

Holla!

I live in California, and it's just disgusting what a mockery the 'Governator' has made of the already ridiculous political process here. First off, Gray Davis, who maybe wasn't my favorite governor ever, but certainly not the worst, was railroaded out of office over the energy scandal perpetrated by...wait for it...Enron! Having a recall and a special election was utter stupidity in the first place. Now Ah-nold wants to spend a butt-load of already-scarce taxpayer money for this? Talk about special interests. Of course, he considers teachers and nurses to be greedy 'special interests'. Maybe he'd feel differently if his kids were in public school, where the teachers pay for much of their supplies out of their own pocket, and the parents are asked to help by donating paper, pencils, and other supplies. Maybe he'd feel differently if he was hospitalized, and the nurse responsible for his care had so many other patients on her shift that he's be lucky if he even saw her...

And you're right on about the unions. If corporations were held to those standards, you'd be hearing a whole nother tune!

Karlo said...

It's sad. California had some good ideas--such as cheap Community Colleges and so on. Ahnold seems set on sacrificing all social programs in order to provide handouts to big biznus.