Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Thursday, February 23, 2012

California vs. Greece: Battle of the Public Employee Unions

Public employee unions are one of the Holy Grails of liberalism and any attempt to control the massive and unsustainable spending of taxpayer dollars associated with maintaining their bloated pensions and benefits--not to mention preserving every single government job, no matter how unnecessary--has to be opposed lest the horror of "austerity" (i.e. a society living within its means) descend upon our benighted paradise.
Hence, the spectacle of this East Bay Express op-ed whose author, Darwin BondGraham, is shocked and dismayed that the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and its financial partners "have pressured European politicians to impose harsher terms on the people of Greece in order to guarantee higher repayments on government treasury bonds." It's the battle of the public employee unions; who can bankrupt their state and/or country first?!


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