From the desk of Stephen Cabot: Congress finally killed a bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had wanted the lame duck congress to pass. It was named the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2010. The bill would have required that all states and cities ensure that collective bargaining rights be given to police and fire fighters’ unions. One can only imagine how nearly bankrupt states from California to New York would have dealt with striking police and fire fighters demanding increased salaries and benefits when those state can barely keep up with present payroll pressures. Never mind the six-figure pensions that have become commonplace amongst retired public sector workers. The Cato Institute recently disseminated a position paper averring that public-sector unions are pushing for higher pay and increased government spending "with little restraint" and "don't care if the cost of government services goes up because the burden is borne by someone else." Of course, there is also the problem of who would protect citizenry and their property if police and firefighters all called in sick because they were unhappy with the results of collective bargaining. Chaos would reign supreme, and anarchy would become the disorder of the day. The public sector employee unions had believed that their numbers, which are so important in local elections, would force the government to pass a collective bargaining bill that would benefit them. They are now sorely disappointed; however, tax payers can now breathe a sigh of relief and hopefully look forward to a series of commonsense acts by the new congress taking office January.

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