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Pawlenty endorses anti-union bill in Ohio

Pawlenty endorses anti-union bill in Ohio
By Eric Black

The latest state with an all-Repub lineup to join the movement to strip public employees’ unions of the power to collectively bargaining over most issues is Ohio and the latest presidential wannabe to praise the idea is our former guv Tim Pawlenty.

In Cleveland yesterday, according to the Columbus Dispatch, TPaw said the legislation is crucial in the effort to restore Ohio government to a firmer financial footing.

“The Ohio Republican Party and Gov. Kasich and the legislators who supported this bill are having the courage to tell the truth about a real problem that’s taken down the budgets of government at the state level,” Pawlenty said. “It’s not always going to be easy, it’s not always going to be popular, but it’s the right thing to do. … They’re trying to fix a real problem instead of ducking, bobbing and weaving.”

Pawlenty, 50, said public-employee unions have grown too powerful and now have wages and benefits that “in most cases are substantially better than their private-sector counterparts.”

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“We need to make sure that public employees are not getting a better deal than the people who are paying the bills, namely the taxpayers, and right now, they are,” he said.

There’s a variation on an old gag that was making the rounds in Madison during the big fight there about public employees collective bargaining. Forgive me if you’ve heard it before. Goes like this:

A unionized public employee, a member of the tea party and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”