Jay Ambrose (“Fighting public unions, saving the future,” Nov. 16) praised Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island for their efforts fighting public unions. They are helping save the electorate from the “seemingly immoveable power of the unions to distort democracy” and other dastardly union activities. He argues that public unions deal with corruptible politicians and even when politicians are more or less honest, they can be irresponsible. The implication is that politicians cave in to public unions and their heaps of cash, $60 million in the last election by teachers unions alone.
How much did the teachers unions purchase in the market of political influence? Their $60 million was a measly 1 percent of the $6 billion that some estimate was spent in the last election. The Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity nonprofit and Freedom Partners Action Fund PAC spent more than $100 million.
If corruptible and irresponsible politicians cave in to heaps of cash, the Koch brothers’ network by itself is ahead of the teachers unions.