Friday, November 11, 2011

Union Extortion

Rush Limbaugh read a story on the air today from the Washington Examiner that blew my mind so badly, I spent an hour picking skull fragments out of the wall with tweezers.  In the State of Michigan, if you are taking Medicaid from the state to care for a disabled adult child, you are declared an employee of the state and a member of the Service Employees International Union, SEIU, and dues are deducted from your Medicaid payment.

You have no choice, no vote, no input whatsoever.
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.
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.
You can be sure that this money will be used to cycle donations to Evil party candidates to keep them in office and keep the money train moving.  The parents in this story don't really work for the state, and have no economic reason to join the SEIU, but the unions got this law passed and signed by former Governor Granholm, so that the parents are declared to be workers and mandatory members of the SEIU, and dues can be extorted from them.  Rush uses the term money laundering; works well enough for me.

To quote from Animal House:
Dean Vernon Wormer:  "Carmine, I don't think it's right that you should extort money from the college."

Mayor Carmine DePasto: "Look, as the Mayor of Faber I have expenses.... and if you mention extortion again, I'll have your legs broken"


  1. They're trying to pull this in Minnesota with regular daycare providers, with SEIU taking half the state and AFSME the other half. They tried to pull a card check trick but got caught at it, and the Governor declined to decree it by executive order.

  2. I LIVE in the midwest and I still learn about new things every day.

  3. I'm sure the trustees can arrange an honorarium.

  4. Chris for the win, with the context - almost quote - from Animal House.

  5. When the government did it they called it taxation without representation. And a war was fought.

  6. Anon - I'm sure you're familiar with the saying, "the founders would have been shooting by now".