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Those of the Conservative persuasion has long held the belief that getting rid of labor Unions was one of the best and quickest fixes for labor, management, and wage problems in America. Obviously they were being untruthful when they said employees would have better working conditions including better wages, health care and retirement packages if labor Unions were out of the picture. Fox News Network (FNN) and Conservative Talk Radio (CTR.) took up the fight and constantly advocated getting rid of Labor Unions.

Many who benefited from gains made by Labor Unions, were convinced by talking heads that unions were indeed bad for them, and things would be better without organized labor. Never in their wildest dream did most of them think the demise of Labor Unions would affect them directly. One would think that any right thinking person would look at the efforts required by Labor Unions to make gains for employees and see that without concentrated efforts, employees are at the mercy of employers.

Why is it so easy for FNN and CTR to convince their listeners that labor Unions are bad? Simple! The talking heads on these outlets have been priming their listeners to think a certain way for many years. Still others were convinced that it was unnecessary for them to think at all. All they had to do was listen to and embrace the Conservative points of view. Points of view constantly spouted all over the airwaves, 24 hours per day by FNN and CTR. Put another way, entirely too many of their listeners do not take the time to listen to and questioning what these folk were advocating. Their listeners have been convinced that these talking heads are intellectuals and wise and what they spout is always in the best interest of their audiences.

These same talking heads are now lamenting that the American Middle Class is being destroyed by the loss of well-paying jobs. They are right about this. However, many of the jobs lost were union jobs. Loss of these well-paying jobs were lost in the Rust Belt (Great lakes area.) Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania are some of the states that are suffering due to loss of well-paying jobs.

For a very long time, many who agreed with FNN and CTR and most Conservatives, felt the Middle Class (mostly white) was safe from the ravages of Union Busting. Those of the middle class thought; ”surely those we have elected and kept in office for many years would always have our best interest in mind when making labor decisions. “ Wrong! Now they see the real impact of a mostly non-union workforce. Entirely too many of them did not realize the very people they were trying to get out of unions were their neighbors, children, parents and friends and in may instances, they themselves.

Loss of jobs that make up the middle class has other negative ramifications. Neighborhoods are in decline, schools are closing and graduation rates are dismal. Children of the middleclass are heavily indebted due to student loans and many are now living with their parents and grandparents. Last but not least; many are suffering from the ravages of drugs of all sorts. Heroin use is of epidemic proportion.

This union busting thing has come full circle. Are workers better off? Are they better paid, with better benefits, including health care and retirements? Are their children and grandchildren better off? Are their neighborhoods better and safer? Is the quality of education better? What about the public infrastructure? Is it better maintained since the loss of union jobs?

I tuned in to the Bill Bennett radio talk show this morning. His guest was a well-known talking head, Fred Barnes.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard, which he cofounded in 1995. From 1985 to 1995, he was senior editor and White House correspondent for the New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the “Presswatch” media column for the American Spectator.

Commentator Bennett asked Fred who and why were voters angry enough to vote for Trump. To my amazement, he said those most angered were the Blue Collar workers. Bennett pressed him on this assertion. Fred said that many Blue-collar workers felt that they were the forgotten class and needed someone in the President’s office that would have their best interest in mind, and Trump was saying exactly what they wanted to hear. They also feel he will deliver on his promises, no matter how far fetched, and unrealistic they appear.

Think for a minute; many of the Blue Collar workers were union members in the factories in the Midwest. Many workers, though non-union enjoyed benefits fought for and gained by organized labor. Many non-union employees sat back and made no effort to keep the Right-to-Work issue from gaining traction. As a matter of fact, many of them applauded the efforts of Scott Walker as he worked tireless to dismantle organized labor in Wisconsin.

So why are Blue Collar workers angry? To whom should their anger be directed? As expected, many try to shift the blame to the Democratic Party and President Obama. Some will make muted statements about the Republican Party. However, I have yet to hear Blue Collar (middle class) mostly white workers having a real conversation with their grand old party Representatives about the negative impact of union busting. They appear to be afraid to speak out about the impact on cities, jobs, families, wages, schools, tax base and the general welfare of workers and those whose very livelihood depend on well-paid workers. Is it misplaced loyalty? Is it blindly following and voting for a Political Party whose concern for their welfare is questionable?   It appears many of the Conservative persuasion merely vote for a Party rather than a principle. They even vote against a principle or position that is in their best interest, just to support the party platform. The same can be said about many in the Liberal Party

The demise of the middle class, including Blue Collar workers will continue as long as they continue to see President Regan policies as the best thing since Apple Pie. Wasn’t it President Regan that sold them on the idea of Trickle Down Economics? Here they are patiently waiting for their share of this nation’s wealth to trickle down. It never has and never will, as long as this thing called Capitalism remains in its current configuration. It will never trickle down as long as the rich can never be rich enough. It will never change until those with very little and those in the middle class band together as one to take on those who suck up most of the wealth of this nation. Most of the wealthy appear unwilling to share just a little larger piece of the pie.  Why, you ask is this the case? It is quite simple; Greed!

Workers, who agreed with talking heads about the problems caused by labor unions, got just what they deserved when they lost their jobs. Meanwhile none of those spewing daily diatribes advocating union busting lost their jobs. Somehow, some way, those responsible for convincing a large segment of society that organized labor was and continues to be bad for this nation’s workforce should be held accountable for the outcome of union demise. Responsibility lies squarely at the feet of Republican lawmakers, Fox News Network, Conservative Talk Radio and businesses fighting to get rid of unions.

 

 

March 18, 2016 Posted by | Failed economic poicy, Trickle up economics, wealth redistribution | Leave a comment