UNIONS? Glenn Reynolds slugs his item linking to this post about the decline of the California prison system GOVERNMENT. But a more apposite slug would be UNIONS.
People can be misled by their compassionate hearts and come to believe that the use of a corrupt tool in the amelioration of misery brought on by imprudence will not corrupt that compassionate use.
Unions have all of the ills of government with none of the redeeming features of free markets. They start out operating in bad faith and the abridgement of individual rights and go downhill from there. To have public employees unionized is a double insult to a fatal injury.