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Pulling A Scott Walker – Newly Elected Republican Governor Of Illinois Declares War On Government Unions

Illinois’ New Republican Governor Just Declared War On Government Unions – Daily Caller

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Illinois’ newly elected Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner attacked labor unions during a speech Tuesday, saying they are responsible for many problems that plague his state.

Throughout his speech, Rauner took aim at “government union bosses,” calling them corrupt for contributing to Democratic candidates in return for favorable deals.

“The taxpayer’s on the outside,” Rauner said during his speech in Decatur, according to Northern Public Radio.

“It’s a conflict of interest. It’s a closed loop. This is what’s going on,” Rauner continued. “It’s driving up our bureaucracy and jobs are leaving.”

“The unions that contract with the state: I think it’s the No. 1 conflict of interest in our state today,” Rauner declared.

Rauner pointed towards Prevailing Wage Laws and Project Labor Agreements as some of the few examples of how labor unions drive up costs through unfair laws.

According to The Illinois Policy Institute, the state is struggling in jobs and education, two areas vital to economic growth and stability.

“Illinois’ low standing for total job growth is unusual given that Illinois has the largest population in the Midwest and the fifth largest nationally,” the Institute noted in a report for 2014. “It takes a particularly toxic combination of bad policy and corrupt dealings to hinder such a large and talented workforce from keeping up with the likes of Kentucky and Connecticut.”

“Illinois tracks last of all states for private-sector job creation in 2014, one of only four states to be negative for jobs on the year,” the report added.

The governor also addressed right-to-work legislation. Though he is hesitant to support it as a state law, Rauner does say local leaders should decide for themselves if they want such legislation. Under a right-to-work law, workers cannot be forced into a union as a condition of employment.

“I’m not advocating Illinois becoming a right-to-work state, but I do advocate local governments being allowed to decide whether they’re right-to-work zones,” Rauner said according to The Associated Press.

Some union leaders are already attacking Rauner for deceiving voters during the election last year: While running for governor, Rauner said he was not anti-union.

“It’s taken him less than two weeks to show his true colors,” Sean Stott of the Laborer’s International Union told Northern Public Radio.

Scott says the governor’s plans will drive down wages and lead to a loss of jobs, and not just for union members.

Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan, called the governor’s speech, “failed right-wing economic policy.”

“The Bruce Rauner that managed to mask his true feelings about working families for most of last year showed his true agenda today,” Carrigan told Insurance News Net in a statement. “Much like his past proposal to cut the minimum wage, he is now going after workers on all fronts by supporting right to work, attacking unemployment insurance and workers compensation, as well as prevailing wage and project labor agreements that benefit both workers and the taxpayers.”

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IRS Corruption Update: Email Reveals Lois Lerner Ignored Political Expenditures By Unions

Email Reveals Lois Lerner Ignored Political Expenditures By Unions – Daily Caller

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The official at the center of the Internal Revenue Service tea party scandal once dismissed complaints that labor unions were not reporting millions of dollars in political activities on their tax forms, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor.

At the time of the email, Lerner was the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS.

Lerner wrote, “We looked at the information you provided regarding organizations that report substantial amounts of political activity and lobbying expenditures on the DOL Form LM-2, but report little to no political expenditures on the Form 990 filed with the IRS.”

“We believe this difference in reporting does not necessarily indicate that the organization has incorrectly reported to either the DOL or the IRS,” Lerner concluded.

Don Todd, the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) at the time the email was sent, confirmed seeing Lerner’s email and remembering similar complaints at the time. OLMS oversees labor union financial disclosures within the Department of Labor.

“The laws never been enforced,” Todd told TheDCNF. “The IRS was telling us it would cost more to enforce the law then they would collect.”

In 2006, the year leading up to Lerner’s email, the national headquarters for the AFL-CIO reported no direct or indirect political expenditures with the IRS on their 990 form, leaving the line 81a blank. That same year, the AFL-CIO reported $29,585,661 in political activities with the Department of Labor.

Also in 2006 the Teamsters Union reported no political expenditures with the IRS while at the same time reporting $7,081,965 with the Labor Department.

Again in 2006, Unite-Here reported no political activity with the IRS and $1,451,002 with the Labor Department.

In 2005, the National Education Association also reported no political expenditures with the IRS while at the same time reporting $24,985,250 with the Labor Department.

Labor union political spending overwhelmingly benefits Democrats. Todd told TheDNCF Lerner may have been playing favorites. Lerner has been accused of singling out tea party groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Lerner acknowledged in the 2007 email, “The definition of political campaign activity required to be reported on Form LM2 coincides with the definition of political campaign activity expenditures required to be reported on Form 990.”

But she did offer some possible reasons for the discrepancies. “The Form LM-2 does not separate this reporting from the reporting of lobbying expenditures,” she wrote. “Furthermore, even if section 501(c)(5) labor organizations were required to report their lobbying expenditures, the amount required to be reported on Form LM-2 includes activity, such as attempting to influence regulations, that is not required to be reported as lobbying, as the IRS limitations apply to legislative lobbying.”

Lerner conceded, “Having said that, we did see some instances that raised concerns and we referred that information to our Dallas office to determine whether examination is warranted.” It does not appear any further investigation was conducted.

The Bush administration mandated more detailed disclosure requirements for labor unions, but they were relaxed by the Obama administration’s Labor Department.

An IRS spokesman told TheDCNF the agency had no “immediate comment” on the matter.

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Why Do Teachers’ Unions Favor Pedophiles? (Matt Ross)

Why Do Teachers’ Unions Favor Pedophiles? – Matt Ross

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One would think that protecting children from adult predators would be pretty much a universal. I was cheered that while myself and others were covering the #FreeKate story, we found that protecting children from predators had supporters that were gay and straight, from right and left, and Christian and not so much. However, as much as a no-brainer that protecting children from sexual exploitation would seem, there are still a disturbingly large number of people that would allow adults access to children for the worst of purposes. Even more disturbing is that two groups are apparently supporting pedophiles; The National Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers, the two largest teachers unions in the US. TPNN, notes that while the teachers’ unions favor background checks for gun owners, they have a different opinion on background checks for teachers

But, that is not the case. Two of the most powerful teachers unions in the country, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federations of Teachers (AFT), are against a proposed bill that would require better background checks for teachers. Of course, like clockwork, the excuse made by these unions, namely AFT, is wrapped around race baiting.

In the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Campbell Brown addresses their opposition.

Anyone with violent or sexual convictions against a child – whether a misdemeanor or felony – would be ineligible for school employment. Background checks would be more thorough, using expanded databases including the FBI’s fingerprint database, the national and state sex offender registries. And districts would be prohibited from knowingly unloading sex abusers on other schools – a practice known as “pass the trash.”

These are sensible measures that are overdue. Yet the two most powerful teachers unions in the country have voiced objections to the bill. Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers complained about the bill before it passed the House. The NEA claimed in a letter to House members that background checks “often have a huge, racially disparate impact.” Randi Weingarten, the AFT chief, warned of inaccuracies in the FBI database and cautioned that teachers would be inconvenienced by potentially long screening delays.

So, keeping pedophiles away from kids is racist? Are they suggesting that there is a racial component to pedophilia? Or, are they just willing to protect and employ pedophiles in order to satisfy a political agenda? Or course, who cares if a bunch of kids get raped in the process? I would assume that it’s a small price to pay for for collecting more dues!

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President Asshat Gives Back Door Pay-Off To Unions Angry Over Obamacare (Video)

Obama Gives Back Door Pay-Off To Unions Angry Over Obamacare – Weasel Zippers

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A few days ago, Obama quietly slipped a change into the regulations on Obamacare, gives a back door pay-off to unions.

The unions were very unhappy because under Obamacare, the favorable programs that they had negotiated with employers were going to go away. They wanted the subsidies that the people in the exchanges could get.

So how did Obama address this anger?

J. Justin Wilson, from the Center For Union Facts, said now the unions will be given a tax break, exempting the unions from having to pay $600 million dollars in fees they would otherwise have to pay under the law. This would leave the fund that is intended to prevent Obamacare from going into a death spiral even more lacking in money, especially given the failure of young healthy people to sign up.

Other groups, insurance companies and self-insured employers that hire outside claims administrators would still have to pay the fee, which begins at $63 per insurance plan per member next year and is projected to raise $25 billion over three years.

Only the unions would really benefit from this change.

Wilson called out Obama calling this a “$600 million dollar pay-back”.

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Unions Force Boeing To Move Engineering Projects From Washington

Unions Force Boeing To Move Engineering Projects From Washington – Gateway Pundit

Airline giant Boeing announced Friday it would move much of its current engineering projects from Washington state. The company will move the projects to nonunion facilities in South Carolina and Long Beach.

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Airline giant Boeing announced Friday the company will shift much of its current and future engineering projects out of Washington state, opting instead to focus more resources on engineering centers in South Carolina and California.

According to a statement Boeing released, Boeing Commercial Airplanes will establish a propulsion operation in South Carolina and a engineering help center in Long Beach, Calif. The transition away from the Puget Sound to other areas will take about six months.

Propulsion operation and engineering help for older model airplanes are currently based in the Puget Sound.

“During the next six to nine months, most out-of-production airplane support, including the 707, 727,737-100/-2–/-300/-400/-500 and 757 will move from Puget Sound to Long Beach,” the statement said.

Boeing is also exploring design centers in Kiev, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia…

…according to the Times, Mike Delaney, Boeing’s vice president of engineering, warned that if an engineering union forced an expensive contract, Boeing would look toward other locations. Boeing engineers negotiated a new contract with the company in February.

“Slowly over time, if you become uncompetitive, you have to deal with the arbitrage and leverage other resources,” Delaney told the Times in October.

The Long Beach and South Carolina sites are nonunion.

In April 2011 the Obama National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) told Boeing it must build a plant in Washington state not South Carolina. South Carolina is a right to work state. In December 2011 the NLRB dropped its politically charged case against Boeing after the union that represents 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington urged the board to withdraw it.

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*VIDEO* Everything You Need To Know About The Leftist ‘Occupy’ Movement In America

Daily Benefactor News – BIG FAIL: Unions & Far Left Burn Over $10 Million In Wisconsin Recall Efforts But Come Up Short

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BIG FAIL: Unions & Far Left Burn Over $10 Million In Wisconsin Recall Efforts But Come Up Short – Gateway Pundit

This Is What Democracy Looks Like.

Unions spent millions in Wisconsin and fell short picking up only two senate seats in last night’s election.

The Wisconsin senate remains in Republican hands.

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We Are Wisconsin, a left leaning union group, spent $10 million on the recall elections but fell short.

The Christian Post reported:

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending in the state, is reporting that total spending in the recall election reached $33 million with dollars from outside the state accounting for approximately $28 million of the total. By the time all spending is accounted for the total amount could reach $40 million.

Michael Buelow, Research Director for The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, compared spending in Tuesday’s vote to recent elections.

“In the 2010 election cycle, 99 state house members and 17 senators were on the ballot. Total spending by candidates and all outside groups for the 116 races totaled a little more than $17 million,” Buelow told The Christian Post. “Spending by outside groups and candidates will more than double what was spent in 2010 and will hold the record for total spending any election to day.”

To put the spending into perspective, that averages over $6.5 million per election – for a state legislative seat.

“We’re seeing groups on the left and on the right spending about the same,” Buelow added.

We Are Wisconsin, a left leaning union group and right-leaning Club for Growth Wisconsin, will spend approximately $10 million each.

In one day alone the teacher’s union spent nearly half a million dollars on radio ads against Republicans.

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No Wonder They Hate Governor Walker… Oshkosh Teachers Got 90 Sick Days A Year

No Wonder They Hate Governor Walker… Oshkosh Teachers Got 90 Sick Days A Year – Gateway Pundit

No wonder they hate Governor Scott Walker.

Oshkosh teachers were getting 90 sick days a year… They only worked 180 days a year.

Charlie Sykes reported:

This is what the Walker reforms look like in practice. One dazzling detail: up until now Oshkosh teachers got 90 sick days a year.

Unions representing teachers and other Oshkosh school district workers agreed to freeze wages, pay more for their benefits and allow administration to change health insurance providers in exchange for a one-year extension of their collective bargaining agreements.

The tentative contracts with the teachers’ union, paraprofessionals’ union and non-teaching employees’ union were hammered out in just two days and would cut district payroll costs by at least $4 million in the 2011-12 school year alone….

-The district would no longer pay the employees’ 5.8 percent share of pension contributions. This would save about $2.9 million.

-Employees would pay for 12 percent of their health insurance premiums instead of 5 percent. This would save about $1 million.

-District administration would be allowed to seek bids for cheaper health insurance providers or redesign insurance plans.

-Teachers would no longer receive 90 sick days per year. Instead, they would receive 10 sick days per year that could accumulate up to 90 days. Unused days would not be paid back.

-Seniority rules would no longer apply to paraprofessionals and non-teaching employees when filling vacancies or giving promotions. However, seniority rules would still apply to teachers.

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Daily Benefactor News – Leftists Lose Their Minds As Wisconsin Assembly Passes Budget, Union Bill

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Leftists Lose Their Minds As Wisconsin Assembly Passes Budget, Union Bill – Politico

Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly passed the state’s controversial union bill early Friday morning, bringing the legislation one step closer to being enacted.

By a margin of 51 to 17, with just a third of Democrats casting votes, the state Assembly passed a bill limiting collective bargaining for most public unions.

The legislation now moves to the state Senate, where it will face more gridlock, as the 14 sleaze-bag Democrats in that body continue to spit in the face of Wisconsin voters and the law by hiding in Illinois.

“This is one of the toughest votes this body has taken in decades. But we are, without question, in one of the toughest economic times our state has ever seen,” Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald said in a statement. “I applaud the Democrats in the Assembly for earnestly debating this bill and urge their counterparts in the state Senate to return to work and do the same.”

The vote was called just after 1 a.m. Friday following 60 hours of debate, as 15 Democrats waited to speak on the bill. The Republican presiding over the debate, however, abruptly cut off discussion, quickly opened the roll for a vote and closed it before some Democrats had a chance to pull their heads out of their asses.

Just 13 of the 38 leftists in the Assembly managed to get in a vote.

Democrats “erupted” after the vote, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported, throwing temper tantrums like 5-year-olds who’d just been sent to bed without dinner.

“Shame! Shame! Shame!” Democrats shouted, as if more debate on the issue would have changed the outcome. “Cowards all! You’re all cowards,” yelled Democrat crybaby Brett Hulsey as another leftist tried to calm him down, the newspaper reported.

Democrats in the state Senate have not indicated when they will stop behaving like spoiled children and return to the capitol in Madison to consider the bill.

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Camden, New Jersey: Another Leftist-Run City Bites The Dust

Camden, NJ Lays Off Hundreds Of Cops And Firefighters Instead Of Bureaucrats, Gov. Christie Blamed – The Hot Joints

If you want to see the utter greed and selfishness of public sector unions look no further than Camden, New Jersey. Drug related violence and a high level of gang activity has made Camden the second most dangerous city in America.

Gov. Chris Christie has been working hard to put New Jersey back on firm financial footing. He has promised to balance the state’s budget by any and all means necessary.

Camden has a $26.5 million deficit that it must close. Lay offs are simply unavoidable in a situation like that. The logical and responsible thing to do is lay off those employees whose work isn’t absolutely critical to the city, right? Lay off the paper pushers first and then see where you stand. Only as a last resort would you cut critical positions like police, firefighters, paramedics, etc.

Not in Camden. The city council voted unanimously to lay off 400 workers, half of them cops and firefighters. That’s close to half the city’s entire police force and a third of all firefighters.

Meanwhile, the public sector union workers are free to sit on their fat, bloated asses and let the gravy train keep right on rolling. What a disgrace.

One union official had this to say about the cuts:

“If we agreed to everything that the city proposed in concessions, it would only have a minor impact on the number of layoffs,” Walco told the council members.

How much you wanna bet that’s a load of crap? This was purely a political stunt to try and damage Gov. Christie.

Want proof?

When it was over, Council president Frank Moran suggested they’re not to blame.

“We didn’t put a price tag on public safety. Unfortunately, the governor of the State of New Jersey put that price tag on it,” he said at the packed Council meeting.

That price tag is $69 million, in transitional aid. Moran suggested that Camden residents should vent to Governor Chris Christie.

We’re used to hearing liberals warn of having to lay off cops and firefighters, but we all recognize it as meaningless rhetoric. There’s plenty of people to get rid of before cops and firefighters. But Camden actually did it.

They’re playing politics with peoples lives. The public sector unions in Camden are going to have blood on their hands. How many citizens are going to be murdered, mugged, raped, or assaulted as a result of losing half the police force?

Moreover, how many people are going to be helped because a bunch of paper pushing bureaucrats get to keep gossiping around the water cooler?

Chris Christie should run an ad campaign touting the selfishness and greed of public sector unions. He should show the people of New Jersey that city workers don’t care about their safety.

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NJ City Layoff Plan Cuts Police Force By Half – Police One

Camden City Council Approves Massive Layoffs – Philadelphia Inquirer

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Camden, NJ Ranked 2nd Most Dangerous US City In 2009; St. Louis Tops List – Daily Record

St. Louis overtook Camden, N.J., as the nation’s most dangerous city in 2009, according to a national study released Sunday.

The study by CQ Press found St. Louis had 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 429.4. That helped St. Louis beat out Camden, which topped last year’s list and was the most dangerous city for 2003 and 2004.

Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Oakland, Calif., rounded out the top five. For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, N.Y.

The annual rankings are based on population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI.

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Camden Mayor Dana Redd Seeks To Double Aide Pay – Associated Press

A city watchdog is outraged that Mayor Dana Redd wants to double the top maximum salaries for three jobs.

The top salary for mayoral aides would jump to $150,000 from $71,000. Redd also wants to raise the maximum salaries for city attorney and mayor’s counsel, though not as drastically.

Her spokesman said the bigger salaries are needed to attract a qualified and experienced staff.

Watchdog Kelly Francis called raises for anyone during a recession in the impoverished city “insane.”

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NJ Community Speaking Out Against Corrupt Cops – Police Once

At ground zero of the police corruption scandal in Camden, prayers for a community’s rebirth are painted on boarded-up storefronts, fading old-timers drain bottles of cheap liquor on dirty porches, and young men waste away on trash-littered corners.

And nearly everyone in this Waterfront South neighborhood has a story about the officers at the center of the ongoing federal investigation.

“They were the dirtiest cops I ever seen,” said Keith Sartin, standing in front of a park at Broadway and Ferry Avenue.

Interviews with more than two dozen residents last week added emotion to the spare comments from authorities Friday, when former Camden Police Officer Kevin Parry pleaded guilty in the case.

Parry acknowledged his role in a corrupt police operation that has led to charges being overturned or dismissed in 185 drug cases. Parry implicated four other officers.

Since December, dozens of low-level drug dealers and drug users have been released from prison, and their stories – coupled with a review of the convictions vacated by the court since December – indicate the accused officers claimed the Waterfront South neighborhood as their territory.

The officers are being investigated on allegations that they skimmed cash and planted drugs during illegal searches and illegal arrests. Parry, 29, entered his plea in U.S. District Court, saying he and four other officers stole drugs, stashed them around the city, and bribed people in exchange for information in at least 70 incidents.

In some cases, he said, additional drugs were planted on people to increase the charges. He said he and other officers had falsified police reports and lied in court.

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2 Camden NJ Cops Charged In Police Corruption Case – Law Enforcement Corruption

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Camden’s COO Pay More Than Philly Mayor – WPVI

Base pay for Camden’s state-appointed chief operating officer is more than the mayor of Philadelphia.

Theodore Davis earns $220,000 compared to $167,436 for Michael Nutter.

Davis was the highest-paid person in New Jersey’s executive branch in 2008. He’s 26th when comparing total pay, which includes overtime and bonuses or incentives.

The 75-year-old retired judge also collects a pension of nearly $10,000 a month.

The COO position was created when the state gained control over Camden in 2002. The job carries the same duties as mayor.

Davis says he negotiated his salary with the state Treasury Department based on what he thought was fair. Davis says claims that he’s overpaid are “ridiculous.”

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Camden COO Leaves 220G Post, With No Explanation – Philadelphia Inquirer

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The Cartel: It’s Not About The Kids, It’s About The Money – Education Reporter

The Cartel is a hard-hitting exposé that shows how the union stranglehold on public education is destroying the lives of millions of children. Bad teachers can’t be fired because they have tenure. Politicians are bankrolled and controlled by the unions.

Behind all of the dismal tales of greed, graft and goons are real children stuck in failing and often violent schools. The film introduces us to 17-year-old Juan, a soft-spoken kid who played shortstop in high school and wants to open his own car repair business. After ten years in Camden, NJ public schools, Juan could not recite the alphabet, much less read. His math skills were slightly better; by the 8th-grade, he knew the multiplication tables up to four times four.

Students enrolled in a program called Community Education Resource Network (CERN) tell why they prefer it to the public schools they left. Some cite teachers who actually care about student learning, and others stress finally feeling safe at school. The contrast in funding is as stark as the attitudes of teachers and students. Instead of a $17,500 per student budget, CERN is run on a shoestring and a prayer. Teachers are volunteers, classes are held at a church, and the school uses textbooks thrown away by public schools. After working with kids who graduated from Camden public schools, CERN co-founder Angel Cordero has some pointed questions for district teachers and administrators: “For 12 years, what did you do with that child? What did you do with the money?”

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Welcome To “Transition Park”, The Horrible Tent City In Camden, NJ – Business Insider

There’s no easy way to say it, but Camden, New Jersey — a city right across the river from Philadelphia — has a reputation for being one of the poorest, most decrepit towns in the United States. Since the 1970s, the city has been the epitome of poverty with no solution in sight.

And when the financial crisis hit in 2006, Camden got hit hard. Really hard. Off highway I-676 at Exit 5A lies a place called Transition Park, better known as Tent City. The community even has an official website and they post strict rules for anyone looking to stay there.

If you think you’ve seen poverty, get ready to be shocked at what you’re about to see.

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Camden, NJ Preparing To Close All Its Libraries – Newsvine

The library board in Camden, one of the nation’s poorest cities, is preparing to close all three of its libraries by the end of the year, saying its funding has been slashed so drastically that it cannot afford to keep operating.

Library officials are hoping enough money surfaces to save the system, but they’re preparing for a shutdown and say they’re not just threatening it as a ploy.

“Of all places, they’re one of the places that needs free public libraries the most,” said Audra Caplan, president of the Public Library Association.

The city of about 80,000 residents across the Delaware River from Philadelphia consistently ranks as one of the nation’s most impoverished. It’s a place where most families don’t own computers, where just one big bookstore serves the local colleges and where some of the public schools don’t even have librarians.

Camden Free Public Library is a major hub for many residents and draws 150,000 visits a year.

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Camden Rebirth: A Promise Still Unfulfilled – CCOP

Raw sewage seeped into Jackeline and Eduardo Gonzalez’s basement, through its bathroom, hallway, and bedroom.

The fumes forced the family to eat outside and sent 1-year-old Eduardo Jr. to the emergency room three times with respiratory problems. The toxic flow burned holes in walls and ruined clothes and a sofa. The mold ended Grandma’s visits from Puerto Rico.

The sewage comes from a collapsed pipe at the end of their block, on Cherry Street in Camden. How does the city respond? For three hours, three days a week, a bored employee uses a noisy machine to transfer waste from the busted sewer into one that works.

This jury-rigged solution has been in place for more than a year.

Camden is so broke, so unable to perform the basic functions of government, that the obvious solution – repairing the century-old brick sewer system – is almost impossible to achieve, fiscally and politically.

Life in Camden wasn’t supposed to be like this. Seven years ago, New Jersey rolled out a revitalization plan that brought with it the biggest municipal takeover in American history.

After years of being subsidized by state taxpayers, corrupt and crumbling Camden would be taken over, repaired, and put on a path to self-reliance.

Then-Gov. Jim McGreevey gave Camden $175 million in bonds and loans, plus a one-time $7.5 million appropriation from the state budget, in exchange for an appointed chief operating officer to run the government and for gubernatorial control over the school board. His plan would create jobs, improve the quality of life, decrease crime, demolish all unsafe vacant buildings, lure new businesses, and, yes, mend sewers.

Five years later, when the recovery effort was first scheduled to be completed, the Gonzalezes bought a small rowhouse with money earned cleaning offices in Cherry Hill. But their odorous problem has now forced them to put that house on the market for the price they paid, $69,900.

So far, no buyer is interested.

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Most Of MSM Yawns, Rolls Over As Largest Union Theft In History Goes Largely Unreported – Big Journalism

While the mainstream media swarmed all over Bernie Madoff, AIG and corporate billionaires, the gentlemen of the press, who are so proud of fighting for the Little Guy, were mostly out to an expense-account lunch when Melissa King allegedly made off with $42 million rightfully belonging to members of the Laborers International Union of North American (LIUNA).

In what is being called the largest union embezzlement in American history, the LIUNA Local 147 (New York) office administration was apparently unsatisfied with her meager $500,000 a year paycheck.

According to watchdog Carl Horowitz:

LIUNA Local 147 is an elite underground construction unit known as the “Sandhogs.” With roots going back well over 100 years, the heavily Irish-ethnic 1,000-member union represents the workers who dig New York City’s subway, sewer and water tunnels, often at hundreds of feet beneath the ground. It was the sandhogs who did the excavation work for such engineering marvels as the Lincoln, Holland, Queens-Midtown and Brooklyn-Battery Tunnels. Their massive ongoing main project, the Third Water Tunnel, when completed in 2020 at a projected cost of roughly $6 billion, will carry 1.3 billion gallons of water per day for 9 million area residents and ensure that water keeps running should either of the first two tunnels fails. It’s grueling and dangerous work. And the workers are paid well. They also expect to collect their full retirement benefits. But thanks to the alleged actions of Melissa King, there’s a distinct possibility they won’t.

King, 58, a resident of Irvington, N.Y., through her home-based company, King Care LLC, handled all administrative functions for Sandhog benefit funds since 1980, and at an annual official compensation that eventually reached $540,000. That’s pretty lavish even for an international union president. Apparently, it wasn’t lavish enough. Starting in 2002, prosecutors charge, King illegally transferred about $42 million from three union accounts covering pensions, vacation pay and other benefits to accounts she personally controlled. A large portion of it, to put it lightly, was unrelated to union business. Of the alleged thefts, $7.2 million went to pay off American Express bills, more than $3 million to equestrian businesses (apparently she was grooming her daughter for an equestrian career), and $713,500 to a jewelry business. The criminal complaint states she also transferred $500,000 to an E*Trade Securities account without union authorization.

Mrs. King’s lawyers made a routine statement about expected vindication, and claimed in a response to a civil suit by union trustees that she was asked to provide administrative services not usually required, and charged reasonable fees.

The link to her arrest warrant is here.

What is perhaps most shocking in this entire story is not the fact that a union officer embezzled millions (that’s been par for the course for more than a century) nor that the mainstream media initially buried the story (we’re lucky we got a CNN hit from our Andy Stern investigation); it’s that she is alleged to have run up a total of $7.2 million in AmEx debt. Really, that’s just impressive.

To its credit, The New York Times followed its initial report on the case with a an up-close-and-personal look at Mrs. King and her lavish lifestyle.

Out of more than 5,000 owners of horses ranked by the United States Equestrian Federation in hunter events, Ms. King-Kaplan’s horses, as a group, rose to 4th place in 2007 and 2008, from 913th in 2005.

“The family members always wondered how she could afford all those horses,” said Teresa Laggner, a San Diego lawyer who handles the estate of the parents of Ms. King’s fourth husband. “I guess now we know.”

Read it and weep.