If you still wonder whether the Democrats are the Party of the Little Man or not, you’ve not been paying attention. Some years ago, a couple of friends of mine, former union men themselves, told me that they supported the Democrats because they were for the little guy, the guy who wasn’t some rich, fat-cat banker. They have since been enlightened, but just in case there is any doubt left in anyone else’s mind, I want to bring you this story:
Robert and Patricia Haynes live in Michigan with their two adult children, who have cerebral palsy. The state government provides the family with insurance through Medicaid, but also treats them as caregivers. For the SEIU, this makes them public employees and thus members of the union, which receives $30 out of the family’s monthly Medicaid subsidy. The Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MQC3) deducts union dues on behalf of SEIU.
Michigan Department of Community Health Director Olga Dazzo explained the process in to her members of her staff. “MQC3 basically runs the program for SEIU and passes the union dues from the state to the union,” she wrote in an email obtained by the Mackinac Center. Initiated in 2006 under then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., the plan reportedly provides the SEIU with $6 million annually in union dues deducted from those Medicaid subsidies.
“We’re not even home health care workers. We’re just parents taking care of our kids,” Robert Haynes, a retired Detroit police officer, told the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “Our daughter is 34 and our son is 30. They have cerebral palsy. They are basically like 6-month-olds in adult bodies. They need to be fed and they wear diapers. We could sure use that $30 a month that’s being sent to the union.”
I think we can agree today that the Democratic Party can be called the party of Brass Balls and Brass Knuckles, but they are certainly not “for the little guy.” Parents caring for their handicapped children are declared “employees” of the state, though they are not employed by the state. Democrats confiscate money from the family’s Medicaid check, provided by taxpayers for the needs of the handicapped, and send the money to the Goonions.
These families are generally desperate for funds, yet the state is confiscating it for their union cronies. Not because the unions assist these families in any way, shape or form, just because they can. The unions are willing to take cash from any source as long it helps them prop up the lifestyles to which their despot leaders have become accustomed and they don’t care if the poor and needy suffer for their corruption or not.
No, that’s not new, it’s just so blatant, so brazen, so shameless in this instance, that it still caught me off guard. They have ripped off their mask and are grasping for power and money any where and in any way they can.
Now explain to me again why the idiots in OH voted to abet these stooges? And why in the world would the people of MI allow this? We are one of the few people in the world who deserve the government we have and apparently we deserve a swift kick in the kiester.
UPDATE: You know, every time we think Democrats are going too far, it’s actually even worse than we think. Labor Union Report [THE site for Goonion news] posted on this in the summer of 2010 when it was still pending legislation. At that time, even its opponents thought it only confiscated the income of the self-employed caregivers. Who knew they were going to go so far as to declare parents who receive no wages at all of being self employed?
The beneficiary this time? The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) stands to suck up $6 million in taxpayer money in the form of dues if Rep. Bert Johnson’s House Bill 6195 gets put into law.
The state House appears to be helping foster unionization among self-employed Michigan service providers. It’s moving a bill that would set up a “shell” state employer and seal into law the union dues collected from contractors who provide home help to the elderly and disabled as part of a state pilot project.
The Quality Community Care Council, part of a Granholm administration pilot project in the health department, would become a new government agency.
Movement toward a permanent and more organized approach to home care is spurred by the growth in demand for such services from the state’s aging population. Home care providers make it possible for elderly and disabled residents to continue living in their own dwellings, as opposed to being lodged in nursing homes at greater cost. It doesn’t take a long memory, however, to recall how similar well-intentioned efforts to bolster home-based day care ended up benefitting two unions — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the United Auto Workers. They got thousands of new members, some now claiming in court that they had no say in the matter, from whose child care checks $3.7 million a year is extracted as union dues.
Unions obviously see taxpayer-supported home services as fertile territory. AFSCME reports it has succeeded with child care unionization efforts in eight other states, besides Michigan.
The National Federation of Independent Business-Michigan says Rep. Johnson’s House Bill 6195 would continue the flow of $6 million in taxpayer money each year from the state health department to the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) as dues for home care contractors. The suspicion among opponents such as the NFIB, which is raising the alarm, is that SEIU wants to firm-up the arrangement to make it harder for next year’s new governor and legislature to undo it.
As Democrats do everything they can to reward their union-boss backers, it is schemes like these that show just how low they’ll go to turn hard-working Americans over to the clutches of today’s union bosses.
No matter how low we set the bar, they manage to dig a deeper hole and go lower.