The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that public service sector unions can no longer face members to pay union dues. They said that it infringes on the member’s freedom of speech if they don’t agree with the union’s stand.
Fair enough you say? Why should a member pay for opinions with they don’t agree?
Fine. But then let’s take that line of reasoning the rest of the way to not-unreasonable and entirely parallel extremes.
No one should have to pay for their driver’s licence if they disagree with the rules of the road. And, using the identical reasoning used by the Supreme Court, no person who disagrees with a current government should be required to pay income taxes.
That means, at any given time, and using the last U.S. federal election as a guidepost, up to half of all U.S. citizens could avoid their taxes for the next two years. In fact, it actually may mean that more than half could avoid paying their taxes because their low voter turnout means that a lot of folks didn’t care for the policies of either party or President.
If the court feels this is just, I hope they realize that their decision should go both ways. No pick and choose like Mike Harris’ government wanted to do two decades ago. That is to say that those who choose not to pay don’t have to be paid union-won wages and benefits and, should the employee be unfairly fired, the union will no have to help him. You’re either all in or all out.