Warner Todd Huston pointed this story out to me.
When Richard Nottage of Kingley agreed to help out his ex-wife after she broke her leg, he had no idea that doing so made him a dues-paying member of a union.Warner is now in the position of defending a union thug, no less corrupt and savage than the teachers and firemen he has denigrated in the past. Plus, Nottage is a guy who was requesting money from the government with no strings attached because he was too much of a freeloader to provide for his wife's health. And all of the sudden, he's a victim?
"My ex-wife needed help and asked if I could help her," he said. "She'd called adult services, which did an interview and said she qualified for assistance. I helped her out for a couple of months and received one check that covered two pay periods (from May 16 to June 30). When I looked at the check I noticed it had union dues taken out of it. All I did was help out my ex-wife a few weeks and suddenly I was in a union."
Nottage said he had no idea how that happened.
"It was a surprise," Nottage said. "I didn't want to be in a union. I couldn't believe it. I couldn't figure out how this union was tied to the state. It seems pretty unfair. What did I get from the union? What could I get from the union? Nothing."
Warner also pointed out to me in twitter that the money wasn't for free health care.
@piker62 Not free. He was getting a stipend, not free healthcare.Which to me says, he was bothered that the government WASN'T FORCING HIM TO USE THE MONEY IN A PARTICULAR WAY. I'd have thought he'd be for that.
— warnerthuston (@warnerthuston) October 22, 2012
I have no quarrel with Mr. Nottage, who to me is a guy who found himself in a tight spot and made use of a program to help him out. What bothers me is now, I don't know what the Tea Party stands for. Maybe Mitt Romney is their dream candidate after all!