ON-Lion Letter
"Media coverage of the public-employee union demonstrations currently taking place in Wisconsin show aggrieved protesters comparing themselves to the democracy activists in Egypt and Governor Scott Walker to Hitler," begins a February paper from the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Sherman Oaks, Calif., "The Public Employees Unions efforts to radically transform the American Economy."  "The overheated rhetoric is a smokescreen designed to hide the realities facing Wisconsin and other states where public employee union muscle is being flexed. 

"Employees who contribute less than 1 percent to their own pensions now balk at the notion, put forth by the Governor, that this figure should be increased to a still-meager 5.8 percent," it continues.  "And teachers who get almost $78,000 in compensation for a 180-day school year are wounded by the suggestion that they, rather than taxpayers, should cover as much as 12 percent of their own healthcare premiums.

"The 'rights' these unions are demanding have no parallel in the private sector, where employees make far more significant contributions to their own benefit plans.  These demands are, moreover, wholly unaffordable in a state such as Wisconsin whose economy is badly broken."

The David Horowitz Freedom Center paper, using information available from its DiscovertheNetworks.org (DTN) website's database, then reports some key facts on "some of America's most powerful public-sector unions and the leftists who lead them" -- including the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the National Education Association, and the Service Employees International Union -- that prove their desire to radically transform the American economy.

"For more light on the events now unfolding in Wisconsin and other states where the public service employees unions are ratcheting up the pressure on state and local government," the paper concludes, "visit DTN and discover the networks that link these unions to leftists and radicals, Democratic Party 'progressives' and major figures in the Obama administration."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
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