Right-to-work advocates allege that union contracts fundamentally infringe on workers’ rights and prerogatives. In response, R2W legislation would prevent any union from requiring employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment.
Were union contracts handed down by fiat from a tyrannical central authority then these bills would be landmark achievements in securing personal liberty. The simple fact though is that there is no free market being preserved here, only the perverse and unsustainable fantasy of the stock broker who charges no fees.
Y’all need to stop reading the news.
It’s not that I don’t appreciate the effort. You should want to be informed and involved. That’s what I want for you, to pay attention.
Your news is garbage though. I mean read Reuters. Read UPI. Read AP, Interfax, and CBC. Please. Sift newsfeeds as if there really was gold in those sandy hills.
But don’t read the news. When you read outlets like HuffPo, when you read the Wall Street Journal or USA Today or the New York Times you’re just going to end up reading repackaged establishment tripe courtesy of some rattle-headed mouthpiece like David Brooks.
The same way we don’t need you people smoking crack and thinking it’s coffee we also don’t need you reading David Brooks and mistaking that for the news.
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s talk about this asshole. Let’s talk about David Brooks. Continue reading
There’s a problem with unions in America. They make the market work too well.
I’ve got a trite rule of thumb for when a politician speaks: Assume the opposite and work back to the truth from there. It’ll save you time. So when the hacks from AFP or the various other Right to Work lobbyists start saying that union contracts are anti-free market I’m not surprised to find they’re almost exactly wrong. Continue reading
It’s a slow Monday at the Global offices. We’re a little more than halfway through our twenty one day blitzkrieg, so it seemed reasonable to take a couple minutes and talk a little about the site, flesh out what we’re doing, and give some idea as to where we’re going.
American politics is a nightmare. The Republic has never been a perfect institution. The Three-Fifths Compromise is written into the Constitution itself. Even amended, the document speaks to the fundamental imperfections of the Union. In the same era though the public discourse on the issues surrounding the Constitution were framed in classic, broadly applicable documents, like the Declaration of Independence, like the Federalist Papers. Documents that grapple not only with contemporary policy issues but discussed the underlying function and role of government and politics.