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CCRC Lincoln Day Dinner to feature SENATOR RICK SANTORUM 4/30

Cheshire County Annual Lincoln Day Dinner
FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010
755 West Hill Road
Keene, NH
Keynote Speaker
$50 per person
Tables of 8-10 available
(We are once again asking for donations to help us offset the cost for High School & College Republicans)
RSVP 352-7553 (Juliana Bergeron's office)
Please make checks payable to CCRC and mail them to either of the following addresses:
CCRC, PO Box 1859 Keene, NH 03431
Juliana Bergeron, 191 Washington St., Keene, NH 03431
Please make payment in advance, though you can reserve your table prior to mailing the check!   
Biographical information on Senator Santorum:
SANTORUM, Richard John (Rick), (1958 - )

Senate Years of Service: 1995-2007
Party: Republican

SANTORUM, Richard John (Rick), a Representative and a Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Winchester, Frederick County, Va., May 10, 1958; B.A., Pennsylvania State University 1980; M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh 1981; J.D., Dickinson School of Law (Pa.) 1986; administrative assistant to Pennsylvania State Senator J. Doyle Corman 1981-1986; director, Pennsylvania State senate local government committee 1981-1984; director, Pennsylvania State Senate Transportation Committee 1984-1986; admitted to the bar in 1986 and commenced practice in Pittsburgh; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Second and One Hundred Third Congresses (January 3, 1991-January 3, 1995); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1994, but was elected to the United States Senate in 1994; reelected in 2000, and served from January 3, 1995, to January 3, 2007; Republican Conference chairman (2001-2007); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2006.

Santorum, Rick. Rick Santorum: A Senator Speaks Out on Life, Freedom, and Responsibility. Washington, DC: Monument Press, 2005; Santorum, Rick. It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good. Wilmington, Del.: ISI Books, 2005.


Public Opinion of Unions Plummets, ALG Cites Public Sector Union Kickbacks as Cause

"The American people are sick and tired of the class warfare engaged through public policy by government unions and their willing accomplices in federal and state legislatures."—ALG President Bill Wilson.

February 24th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—A new poll conducted by Pew Research shows public opinion of unions plummeting, which Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson said was caused "by the endless handouts and kickbacks to public sector unions that are milking taxpayers and bankrupting the states."

According to the poll, as reported by, "Favorable views of labor unions have plummeted since 2007, amid growing public skepticism about unions' purpose and power. Currently, 41% say they have a favorable opinion of labor unions while about as many (42%) express an unfavorable opinion. In January 2007, a clear majority (58%) had a favorable view of unions while just 31% had an unfavorable impression."

"The American people are sick and tired of the class warfare engaged through public policy by government unions and their willing accomplices in federal and state legislatures," said Wilson.

"Public opinion of these government unions in particular is souring as they demonstrate no willingness whatsoever to embrace common-sense solutions like moving to defined-contribution pension systems that would help the solvency of states.  Instead, the public sector unions have been so greedy in states like California, New York, and New Jersey with benefits packages that the states are in fiscal deficits as far as the eye can see," Wilson explained.

Last week, the Pew Center on the States reported that "at the end of fiscal year 2008, there was a $1 trillion gap between the $2.35 trillion states and participating localities had set aside to pay for employees' retirement benefits and the $3.35 trillion price tag of those promises."

Wilson blamed the problem on defined-benefit pension plans that 90 percent of public employees are currently enrolled in, as reported by the Huffington Post.  Those plans promise to pay a certain amount of benefits for every year of retirement based on factors like salary and duration of employment. 

In an op-ed published this week by ALG News, Wilson outlined his proposal for states to switch to defined-contribution plans: "If today states just stopped adding new employees to their defined-benefit plans, as has been done in Alaska and Michigan, and switched to portable, IRA-like defined-contribution plans (as corporate America has already done with much success) while simultaneously offering younger workers an option to switch into the IRA, they could immediately takes steps to address the inherent cause of the crisis by limiting the universe of unfunded liabilities."

Today, state public pensions' unfunded liabilities stands at $1 trillion, and Wilson wrote that "If this proposal were adopted in every state, the unfunded liabilities would not grow that much more, and the states over time could bring the pension funds to fully-funded levels from their general funds."

According to Pew, public sector unions are "vigorously opposed" to this reform: "Because unions and other employee representatives often have vigorously opposed defined contribution plans, it is unclear whether any state will find such a switch viable, or if such plans are primarily being proposed as a starting point for hybrid plans or other compromises."

The public relations pitfalls for unions do not stop there, according to Wilson.  "Unions have compounded their public image problems through aggressive lobbying on the federal stage for more ObamaCare handouts," he said.

"For example, the special, sweetheart union exemption deal to the so-called Cadillac tax on health benefits that was worked out behind closed doors probably cost Democrats the Massachusetts Senate seat," Wilson explained.  "After that deal was reached, many rank-and-file union members went against the grain in Massachusetts, apparently not favoring the special treatment Congress sought to bribe them with." 

Wilson also cited a recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' for 2007 which found that public sector pay was outpacing the private sector, as ALG News has previously reported.

In California, which still faces annual deficits totaling tens of billions of dollars, average annual income for state employees was $56,777 versus $49,935 for the private sector, a 12.1 percent gap.  In Illinois, the numbers are similar: $53,925 for state workers, and $48,006 for the private sector, an 11 percent split.  New Jersey: $57,845 average state salary, $53,590 for private sector workers, at a 7.4 percent difference.

Nationally, the same pattern holds: Federal workers in 2007 made on average $64,871, with private sector workers making $44,362, representing a 31.6 percent gap in between.

Wilson said "the favors to unions do not stop there," citing how Department of Labor prosecutions of union corruption and financial disclosure requirements have been halted by Obama Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, as previously reported by ALG News, and by

Wilson also noted that "One of Barack Obama's first acts in office was to enact several pro-union executive orders."

"To top it all off, despite overwhelming opposition, the unions are still pushing for card-check, which would remove the right of workers to have a secret ballot when unions are organized," Wilson added, citing the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" that Congress has proposed once again in its 111th session.

Wilson concluded, "Politically, all of these union kickbacks have backfired, and are fueling public dissent against government unions being treated as a favored political class over taxpayers.  The American people favor a system where everybody is treated equally, and the more union bosses demand special treatment, the worse their public image will become."


NRN - Union Approval Ratings Plummet 


According to Pew Research, the favorability of Unions by the people has hit a new low. Over the past three years, favorable opinions have fallen from 58% to 42%. That is a huge fall.

According to Ed Morrisey:

Both Rasmussen and Gallup polled on this question last summer, and had remarkably similar results. Gallup reported that support for unions had dropped below 50% for the first time in its 72-year history of surveying on the question. Both polls showed a 48% support level for unions, still a plurality. Pew's is the first to show a negative gap, although it's statistically a virtual tie.

As with the previous polls, the damage has been done with independents. Three years ago, even Republicans gave a plurality for support, 47/45. That has been wiped out in an 18-point drop in support, perhaps not unexpectedly considering the tight alliance now between the unions and Democrats. However, unions had a 20-point margin of support among independents three years ago at 54/34; now it's 38/46, a 28-point flip in the gap.

The number among Democrats should be cause for worry not just among union leaders, but also Democratic Party leaders as well. Unions still enjoy a majority support, but it's a lot lower than it had been three years ago. They have gone from a 51-point gap (70/19) to a 30-point gap (56/26) in an era where unions have begun dictating the massive agenda of the party. Similarly, among black voters (who would be overwhelmingly Democrats), favorability has dropped from 75/19 to 59/26. This suggests that the marriage between Democrats and unions has begun to feel a lot more tension — and if the unions fall out of favor, so may the radical Democratic leaders, such as Nancy Pelosi.

The days of Liberal politicians catering to the Unions may be coming to an end. With Andy Stern from the SEIU visiting the White House once a week, one wonders how Obama will respond to such information? Will he continue to be their agent in Washington? Or will he listen to the people and put some distance between the Unions and Government? Observing Obama's reaction to the voice of the people so far, don't count on him rejecting the Unions just yet.

According to Pew, the number of people joining Unions is also declining:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 12.3 percent of wage and salary workers in the United States belonged to unions in 2009. That was comparable to 2008 (12.4%), but down from 20.1% in 1983, the first year when comparable data are available. BLS says that more public sector workers now belong to unions than private sector workers.

And don't forget, fewer people are seeing Unions as necessary to protect workers. That is a huge shift from previous years. As Pew discovered:

Just 53% of independents agreed that labor unions are necessary to protect working people, down from 67% in 2007 and 73% a decade earlier. Fewer than half of Republicans (44%) agreed with that statement in 2009, down nine points from 2007 (and 1999). Democrats, meanwhile, showed little change over the 10-year period, with at least 80% consistently saying that unions were needed to protect working people each time the question was asked.

The biggest victory here is that workers do not feel they need to be part of Unions. With Unions pushing Card Check, they know that they are losing the support that they once enjoyed. It is up to the Union Bosses to force the politicians in D.C. to give them the hand of Big Government to coerce those that reject Unions to join them--without a choice. With politicians eager to hold on to their seats in 2010, the Union mantra may just die off. One can hope that the politicians in Washington are finally listening to the voice of the people.

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Mark Levin to Glenn Beck: "Stop acting like a clown"
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"Beck trashed the GOP as being "addicted to spending" during the keynote speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee Saturday and has been a major advocate of the tea party movement, even suggesting the formation of third party of grassroots conservative activists.

"But on his show Monday night, Levin called on Beck to 'stop dividing us' and suggested he 'stop acting like a clown.' " 

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NetRight Daily: Harry Reid, Health Care, Unions and More 

Union Approval Ratings PlummetEd Morrisey at HotAir has the story. According to Pew Research, the favorability of Unions by the people has hit a new low. Over the past three years, favorable opinions have fallen from 58% to 42%. That is a huge fall.

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