“One of the more delicious ironies to Stockton’s fiscal plight pertains to the 10th Amendment. You know, the left’s least favorite constitutional provision, usually invoked by conservatives in order to protect individuals and states from federal jurisdiction.
“But today it’s the usually left-leaning unions screaming bloody murder about states’ (and local) rights. Their view: Stockton’s politicians freely signed contracts they could not afford — deal with it. And pay us.”
—Maryland Congressman Robert Ehrlich, writing in the Baltimore Sun.
Touche. Labor is Democratic, and Democrats favor stong federal government. They cry foul when Republicans invoke states rights to — to cite one example — preserve Jim Crow from Uncle Sam’s civil rights reforms. Because the law of the land is the law of the land, right?
But as we’ve seen for years here any philosophy takes a back seat to unions bent on lining their pockets. Their every philosopy, their every argument, is window dressing. Give me my money, is what it all boils down to.