Unions? No

Mar. 5, 2018

A friend and I recently had a conversation about unions. We both had mixed feelings. She had never been in a union but she had worked for a law firm that specialized in union clients. I claimed that while I used to think they were good. In recent years

I have changed my mind. I now think union’s street activities typically promoted socialism (or fascism or were sympathetic Islamic terrorism). Socialism, especially “democratic socialism,”’ is touted to bring “peace, love, and harmony.” In practice, it has only to often brought war, hate, poverty, and concentration camp cruelty, and Holocaust deaths. Every Age has high points and low points. Utopian socialism and fascism (never forget Adolf Hitler and Ayatollah Khomeini were socialists and were very popular, as were Mao, Lenin, Stalin, Chavez, and Castro!) Without any doubt it is the unique tragedy of the Modern Age that so much harm came from such high hopes and good intentions.
My friend too was also a big fan of public buses and passionate about Amtrak.

I went to high school on the city buses in Dayton Ohio. The fare was modest. So far as I knew the bus company was a private business, made a profit, and paid taxes on that profit.

No more! In almost every city in America, all public transportation is heavily subsidized. The fares too have skyrocketed. Despite those subsidies, the average fairs only make up less than half the total cost of the transportation services
I know. I know. The argument goes public transportation keeps auto traffic down, save gasoline, and help on our fight against global warming. Tell that to Southern California drivers! Or, for that matter Rush Hour driver anyplace, where people persist in ignoring the benefits.

In the past I would have agreed that unions have mostly played a positive role in American society. According to the conventional left-liberal clergy story, capitalists like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J.P. Morgan fleeced American workers; dominated women, enslaved minority black people, murdered and destroyed native cultures In their insatiable desire to get richer and richer. I’m not so of that myth now. The economy did grow rapidly, immigrants from Europe came en masse, and the US fast became the wonder and the leader of the free world, famous worldwide for rich opportunities and great prosperity.

Getting back to the public transportation story, apparently what happened to the bus drivers–they got smart,, formed a union, and led street protests demanding a raise in pay and better pensions, and fewer hours drove. Fair enough you say.

Multiply that by all government workers, including teachers, bureaucrats, administrators, media types, trial lawyers, media types, and professors (the very heart and soul of the left-liberal clergy) which are using that protest strategy more and more nowadays, and you have what we have today—inflation, printing press money. higher prices, higher wages for some, (especially for education and healthcare), increasing opportunities for the high-IQ and talented. but not all minorities and women, spending crises, soaring deficits and national debts.

Admittedly some of these individuals (administrators, professors, etc.) didn’t necessarily benefit, but all do suffer some(and, some prosper) in an economy based on street protests instead of rational and traditional free trade This may or may not help capable minorities and women but it also results in economic efficiency. Is it sustainable though/? What happens when you run out of money and rich people to borrow it from (China and the filthy rich in the world)?

In other words, street protests do work for social goals, but they are questionable for economic ones.

For instance, the current protests against Trump’s regulatory policies, especially in environmental causes, and for rises in minimum wages are counter-productive. They may get what they want but the price will be higher than proponents imagine. Not only will all citizens pay higher prices for fast foods, and pretty much all grocery foods. This will also mean higher inflation, more inefficiency, fewer profits, less progress, more printing press money, more government borrowing, and higher deficits and national debts. In short we may be fast turning into a giant version of Venezuela, or even heaven help us, Cuba.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/ President, Hawkhill

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