Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Union Muscle In California

The SEIU has come out in favor of pot legalization.

A ballot measure to make California the first state to legalize the sale and use of marijuana has won the support of one of the state’s most powerful union, officials said Monday, offering the proposition a shot of mainstream legitimacy as well as a potential financial and organizational lift.

The decision by the executive board of the Service Employees International Union of California will be announced in the next few days, according to officials who have been briefed about it but were not allowed to speak publicly before it was announced.

The measure has faced strong opposition from law enforcement groups, including Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles County, who said he would lead a campaign against it as a threat to public safety.
I'll have more to say about this after looking at another union.

A Teacher's Union also has come out in favor of legalization.
Teachers union boss Randi Weingarten thinks it's high time marijuana is legalized.

Weingarten - head of the American Federation of Teachers and former president of New York's United Federation of Teachers - came out in support of a California proposition to legalize pot for personal use.

"Everything in moderation is pretty much fine," Weingarten said when asked by "Real Time" host Bill Maher whether she'd back the measure.

"Wow," said fellow guest Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart. "Teacher-approved!"
Now how about an economic analysis? State Governments are hurting for money and especially the State Of California. Which is why we have a union (police) vs union (SEIU, teachers) fight. The pro legalization unions are hoping for a tax windfall from legalization (taxing sales). Plus a lowering of police and prison costs will mean a bigger share of the budget for the SEIU and teachers.

I really hate having such allies. Well Hitler first. Then Stalin. I really wish I had more allies on the right. But unfortunately allies are where you find them. Ah. Well. As a former Communist I know how to blend in well enough. For the time being.

Cross Posted at Classical Values


Micha Elyi said...

Janitors and teachers dumber than cops, who knew?

M. Simon said...

Prohibitionists dumber that rocks? Who knew?

I take it you are a Republican Socialist. i.e. "Government can....". I have news for you. No it can't