With ballot language set for the Senate Bill 5 referendum, Ohio's government unions are busy finding ways to fit "NO ON ISSUE 2" into their anti-reform talking points. Member dues will buy loads of airtime... but you can't put a price on common sense.
This post expands on the list I published in May. If you feel I'm misrepresenting what professional leftists have been parroting for months, let me know.
Issue 2 will devastate Ohio's economy by stealing pay from government workers!
Senate Bill 5 doesn't take away bargaining for wages, and this argument relies on a complete ignorance of economics. Do you believe money can be spent or invested without first being taken from taxpayers? If so, you're too smart for the union bosses, and their chief talking point crumbles.
Issue 2 will make police and firefighters less safe!
This shameless scare tactic suddenly became popular when polling indicated most of Senate Bill 5 resonates with Ohio voters despite months of union distortion. It remains entirely untrue, as Senate Bill 5 does not affect bargaining over safety equipment.
Issue 2 is an attack on the middle class by greedy special interests!
Wrong in so many ways. Senate Bill 5 protects the jobs of government workers - a slim portion of Ohio's workforce - by freeing school districts and local governments from unsustainable health and pension costs. If you think the unions actually care about workers, think again.
Issue 2 is fueled by envy! Why not increase everyone's benefits instead of robbing government workers?!
More proof leftists can't comprehend the word "growth," and view the economy as a static pie from which government should dole out slices as politicians see fit. Senate Bill 5 will allow local leaders to focus on sustainable budgets instead of unaffordable union demands. This, in turn, will prevent tax hikes, making it easier for businesses to create more jobs and more wealth.
Issue 2 will drive the best teachers and government workers out of Ohio!
This one's actually funny, if you remember the unions also insist merit pay is a terrible idea because teachers and government workers aren't motivated by compensation like everyone else on the planet. Given unemployment rates throughout Ohio and the nation, no one really expects mass turnover based on a slight adjustment in health and pension benefits - especially when compared to benefits in private industry.
Consider union arguments, and then support sensible reforms. This November, vote Yes on Issue 2.
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Cross-posted at that hero and Columbus Tea Party.