Boy, it didn’t take long to find another juicy tidbit of a story showing Fox & Friends trying to deceive their viewers.
During a recent Feb. 25 segment of the show that airs on the Fox News Channel, they had on Fox News host Mike Huckabee as a guest, who falsely claimed that Wisconsin public union employees earn more than their private counterparts.
Speaking with Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy, Huckabee was attempting to explain what was going on in Wisconsin and had the following to say about Republican Governor Scott Walker and his bill seeking to end collective bargaining rights of public workers:
“Well, he’s having to balance the budget. And you can’t do that if you’re spending more money than you take in. It’s really about the budget issue. I know that there are sort of subplots, the unions of the public employees. Interestingly enough, on page 35 of the book, I exactly talk about the fact that we have a train wreck coming. I wrote this almost a year ago. And it now proves to be somewhat prophetic because you can see the meltdown coming. Public union workers, 30 percent better wages, 70 percent better benefits than their private sector counterparts. Do the math. If you’re the person paying the bill, and the person you’re paying is making substantially more, there comes a point at which that intersection is going to be the scene of a wreck-” (Media Matters)
Yet, contrary to Huckabee’s false claim, according to a study published Feb. 10 by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), “Wisconsin public employees earn 4.8 percent less in total compensation per hour than comparable full-time employees in Wisconsin’s private sector” when comparisons are made “controlling for education, experience” and other factors.
In fact, the study shows that Wisconsin public employees, overall, are “under-compensated by 8.2 percent compared with otherwise similar private sector workers” and the 4.8 percent figure is only arrived at when you factor in the exact number of annual hours each would work since many public employees work fewer annual hours than their private sector counterparts.
Going even deeper into the study, you’ll find the disparity between public and private sector workers can be even greater when dealing with certain segments based on education.
What the study tells us is something that most Americans have always known, that those going into the public sector workforce are almost always under-compensated for their work. Most have simply looked at it as the sacrifice they have no problem making in order to serve their nation: and that’s precisely what these workers are, public servants.
Yet, this latest attempt at deception by Fox & Friends and Republicans (and Huckabee’s false claim is one of hundreds out there in the blogosphere saying the same thing) aimed at trying to paint public union workers as greedy and overpaid.
It’s an insidious tactic in the war to try and destroy unions throughout the land in an attempt at a power grab by the Right-Wing. They believe they can undermine the Democratic Party’s ability to fund campaigns by destroying one of their major contributors; leaving them all alone in the field of big money politics with their corporate master’s money.
The Fox News Channel has no qualms with airing such easily disproven lies, either, doing so at every turn when reporting on the Wisconsin crisis.
The simple fact is, unions aren’t the cause of the budgetary woes in the state of Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker is. It was his $117 million tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy he signed into law immediately upon entering office that have actually created the budget shortfall.
Now Walker and the Republicans are trying to sell the American public on the idea Wisconsin is short of money because public union workers are making too much money. And it’s not even about the money, since the public unions in Wisconsin have agreed to the financial givebacks Walker requested in his bill. It’s about collective bargaining.
Walker, and his Tea-Party cronies, are intent on smashing the unions, and one way to do that is to pass a bill that, with a stroke of their pen, does away with the collective bargaining rights fought for and died for by numerous men and women across this nation over two centuries of labor struggle.
He doesn’t even want this simply because he doesn’t think they should have these rights. He’s doing it precisely because it serves the purpose of his masters, both in the Tea-Party and Republican Party, as well as the billionaire Koch brothers.
Someday soon these Republicans and their minions are going to wake up to a revolution at their doorstep if they’re not careful. Americans may have given them temporary power in some places, but they’re overreaching badly on this I believe, and it could end up coming back to bite them.
Huckabee Falsely Claims Wisconsin Public Union Employees Earn More Than Private Counterparts