The Death of Volunteerism?

From and Americans for Limited Government comes this disturbing story:

Last week, Nick Balzano, an executive board member of the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) Allentown Local 32BJ chapter resigned after threatening to file a grievance against the Allentown, PA city council for letting a Boy Scout clean up a walking path. The Scout, 17-year-old Kevin Anderson was attempting to earn an Eagle Scout badge.

As reported by Michelle Malkin in the New York Post, Balzano bellowed at a city council meeting, “We’ll also be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails. We may file another grievance on that… None of them can pick up a hoe. They can’t pick up a shovel. They can’t plant a flower. They can’t clear a bicycle path. They can’t do anything. Our people do that.”

I don’t know what’s more disturbing: the fact that the complaint was filed to begin with or that Balzano so loudly disdains people working to make the world a better simply out of the kindness of their heart. Predictably, the Union said that Balzano had no authority from them on this. However, Fox News points out that he was not alone:

According to Nerzig, the letter came from Balzano and “four or five” employees who were receiving a stipend for their service on a part-time committee, representing a few hundred Allentown workers.

Given that they’re paid employees and that others agreed with him, something within the group’s guiding principles must have driven them to do this. This is not the first instance of intimidation we’ve seen from SEIU. As ALG points out, the President confers often with their President Andy Stern and stated during a rally last year that they would paint the country purple with SEIU.

ALG also points out that the President just recently began signing Eagle Scout certificates, a long standing tradition. Given that we’re less than a year in to his administration, this could very well be a coincidence. Given that the President has already signed into law bills greatly expanding “paid service,” however, I would suspect that America’s grand tradition of helping others and individual initiative may not be part of his guiding vision for our nation.

  1. November 27, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Obama, wants the government to help all, he could care less about people being generous or doing what is right, or lending a helping hand to fellow men.

  1. November 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm

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