Over the years, as a Conservative, I have witnessed many contradictions from the Left. The Left has created a bubble in which they can believe certain things that outside the bubble, would be considered ludicrous. Things like spending more money to get out of debt, pouring cash into failing companies, giving loans to those who cannot make payment, providing “free” healthcare, raising taxes on the wealthy to pay down the debt, etc. Liberals live in this insulated world, occupied by the short-term. I’m not sure they have the capacity to think beyond a day or two. All of that being said, the thing that gets me the most is the intolerance of the “tolerant.”
In Michigan, a war is raging. According to the Washington Post: “The Michigan Legislature gave final approval Tuesday to a bitterly contested right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions, a devastating and once unthinkable defeat for organized labor in a state considered a cradle of the movement… Unswayed by Democrats’ pleas and thousands of protesters inside and outside the state Capitol, the House approved two final bills, sending them on to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. One dealt with private sector workers, the other with government employees. Both measures cleared the Senate last week.”
In response to this legislation–which would effectively make Michigan the 24th “right-to-work” state–union thugs are in an uproar. Michigan representative Douglas Geiss was quoted as saying that if this measure passed, “There will be blood.”
Outside the Capitol, union supporters are rioting, inciting violence and causing a ruckus. Conservative comedian, Stephen Crowder was assaulted, a Conservative Americans For Prosperity tent was torn down; and this was just yesterday.
What is all the hate about? What does “right-to-work” even mean? An exact definition from The Free Dictionary is as follows:
“State laws permitted by section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act that provide in general that employees are not required to join a union as a condition of getting or retaining a job…Right-to-work laws forbid unions and employers to enter into agreements requiring employees to join a union and pay dues and fees to it in order to get or keep a job.”
That’s it. It is a law that allows individuals freedom from union membership. This violence is just another example of the intolerance of the tolerant. Those who dare to go against them get the brunt of their anger.
So, why are right-to-work laws a good idea? Well, I’ll answer that by telling you what’s wrong with public sector unions:
Let me begin by clarifying. I am not against Unions overall, I am against public sector Unions. Unions created for jobs in the public sector are dangerous because they promote a cycle. What cycle is that, you may ask? A cycle of mutual benefit. You see, in a private sector Union, workers are fighting for pay raises, healthcare coverage, benefits, etc, from a Boss that wants to save money and has no vested interest in providing raises and benefits for his employees if it comes at too high a price. The Boss (if he’s any good) will attempt to strike a balance while working at all costs to keep the Union demands in check and the Unions will fight tooth and nail for every penny and benefit they feel they deserve. This system keeps a check and balance in place; employer vs. employee.
In the public sector, the relationship is quite different. This is how the cycle operates in the public sector: the Unions demand (more money, more benefits, more whatever) and the “Boss” (Who in the case of public sector Unions is a Governor, state representative or President), provides them with whatever they want. This ensures that the sitting “Boss” will get the vote of those Union members come the next election cycle. When that election is over, and the “Boss” has gotten those votes and the Unions rise up again to demand even more, that “Boss” then acquiesces to the demands of those Unions by once again giving them what they demand. There is no check; there is no balance; it is a criminal syndicate.
In case you can’t tell, this is a sick cycle. This is a cycle that is rotting our country from the inside as it siphons more and more cash out of our collective coffers. As this cycle continues, governments (state and federal) become further and further burdened by debt, and our country falls like a drunk into the gutter after nine too many scotches. But at least those in power get to stay in power and the Union workers get everything they want, right? Well, yes. But at what cost?
The cost, as mentioned above in brief, is extraordinary. According to the New York Daily News (and other sites, if you have fingers to Google), the average public sector government employee makes 21% more in wages and benefits than their private sector counterparts. This is directly reflected in our taxes. We (the taxpayers) are the true employers of the public sector Unions. The rate of tenure in the public sector ranges from 37% to 97%. This tenure track that is fostered by the public sector Unions encourages poor performance. This is just one statistic, mind you. There are infinite other examples.
If employees perform poorly in the private sector, they are fired. In the public sector, they are rewarded, or at the very least, not punished. And in case you think that this isn’t that big a deal, simply follow the money.
Right-to-work laws are becoming more and more popular; but as they gain popularity among the rest of us, the unions are getting angry. The union syndicate has a lot of power and they won’t hesitate to use it. The public sector unions support Obama and the Democrats in a big way. The more we weaken the unions, the less power they will have in politics.
This whole situation is just one more example of the bubble that the Left has created for themselves. All evidence points to right-to-work laws as being a good thing, but the Left hates them. It’s a good general rule that anything the Left hates is probably a good thing.