Part 1: Thorner: Shadowbosses’ strips bare the ‘Chicago Way’!

August 4, 2013

On Thursday, August 1, The Heartland Institute sponsored another in its series of Heartland Author events featuring Mallory Factor (photo below) and his book, Shadowbosses.

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Shadowbosses is an easy-to-read, factual book that reads like an organized crime novel. It is difficult to put down, applying as it does to all who pay taxes. Through its narrative we are told how government unions control America and rob taxpayers blind.

The book is a chilling expose on how government employee unions threaten workers’ freedoms, free land fair elections, our children’s educations, and our American way of life. This book explains how the biggest challenges of our time — our failing K-12 education system, our states’ ruinous finances, health care reform, and our ballooning national debt — are tied up with the growth of government employee unions and the resulting growth of government.

Each of its nine chapters offers a conclusion with Summary Bullet Points to reflect upon and for easy access to the salient facts therein. To boot there is also a Conclusion Chapter following Chapter 9, which cautions Americans against being blind and deaf to the threat of government employee unions which are holding our nation back from all the greatness that it could achieve, dragging us closer and closer to abyss. shadowbosses.com

Praise for Shadowbosses reads like a Who’s Who’s list of Republicans and Libertarians greatly admire including:  Sean Hannity, Donald Rumsfeld, Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, Herman Cain, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Michelle Malkin, Steve Forbes. Rand Paul, Grover Norquist, David Keene, and Frank Abagnale, author and subject of Catch Me If You Can.

As for its author, Mallory Factor, he was introduced by Jim Lakely, Communications Director at The Heartland Institute, as the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government at the Citadel.  A Fobes columnist, Mallory is co-founder of The Money Meeting, an influential group of conservative political leaders, journalists, donors, think tank heads, and grassroots leaders in New York City — the largest meeting of its type in America.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallory_Factor

In describing Factors’s book, Jim Lakely struck a positive note with Heartland’s informed and knowledgeable  guests when, with obvious pleasure, he pegged Shadowbosses as “what people in Chicago know about.”

As to an explanation of What is a Shadowboss?, Mallory Factory describes them as the people we work for and who hold us accountable for the decisions we make in our lives.  For some God can be our Shadowboss.

For political leaders, their Shadowbosses are often the government employee unions that spend billions on politics to keep pro-union politicians in power.  Unions tell our political leaders what to do, which legislation to support, and when to bend to the demands of the unions in contract negotiation.  Politicians are patted on the back by Shadowbosses when they support the interests of government employee unions, but Shadowbosses are just as quick to tear politicians down if they go against union interests.

What does SHADOWBOSSES portend about Union activity here in Illinois?

*Illinois favors big labor and is labor friendly based on its laws, regulations, court decisions, and union density

*Illinois ranks 11th by Percent of Government Employees in a Labor Union with 54.1% either in a Union or Represented by a Union.

*Illinois is classified as an F-grade state in that it gives teacher unions the most power over teachers through collective bargaining and forced dues.

Mallory Factor admitted that SHADOWBOSSES was not an easy book to write.  It required two years of research with over 500 interviews.  In discussing his book, Mr. Factor divided his prepared presentation into four parts: 1) 10 ways union control America.  2)  How unions helped Obama win his 2nd term.  3) Union payback.  4) What we can do?

Prefacing his four-part presentation, Mr. Factor had these choice thoughts to impart about unions and how union bosses operate.   Government employee unions spend billions of dollars to elect politicians favorable to them through their union dues.

1.  Government represents the growth area for unions.  The Postal Service has 477,000 unionized workers.Even though strikes are said to be illegal, they happen regardless, as with the Chicago teacher strike.

2.  Government service is now more lucrative that the private sector, with federal workers able to earn 30 to 40 percent more in salary  and benefits and 22 percent more in cash salary than they would earn in the private sector with the same skills.

3.  Government service is now more lucrative that the private sector, with federal workers able to earn 30 to 40 percent more in salary  and benefits and 22 percent more in cash salary than they would earn in the private sector with the same skills

4.  Less than 7% of private sector workers are members of a union, while of the 20.5 million people working for government, 42 percent are represented by a government employee union.

5.  Whenever unionization increases the economy suffers, as businesses suffer from the intensity of the union power exerted over them.

Part 2 will cover the four areas of discussion selected by Mallory Factor for his Heartland Shadowbosses presentation. 1) 10 ways union control America.  2)  How unions helped Obama win his 2nd term.  3) Union payback.  4) What we can do?

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Eva Sorock said…

Reminds me of the days when candidate for U.S. Senate Peter Fitzgerald used to do a stump speech demonstrating all the damage the unions were doing to Illinois. We’ve never really had anyone as good as he was.

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