The images coming out of Michigan in the wake of its recent right-to-work legislation are disheartening.
Let me begin by conceding the moral case: no one should be required to join any organization as a condition of employment*. But what difference will it actually make?
UNION BOSS: “Okay, everybody, listen up. Y’all may have heard that Jim Bob decided not to join our union. Now, it’s important that you understand that, according to the right-to-work law, he has the right not to do that. So it’s important that nobody do nuthin’ to him, like throw rocks through the windows of his house on 123 Straight St., or slash the tires of his sandy brown 1998 Buick Skylark when its parked at the factory. And its especially important that y’all’s kids don’t mess with his kids, Billy and Tommy, in 4th and 6th grades at Sandy Hook Elementary, by, like beatin’ ‘em up at recess. ‘Cause, you know, that would be bad.”
UNION GOONS: “Right boss. 123 Straight St. Got it.”
Seriously, I’m not necessarily arguing that right-to-work laws have made southern states attractive to industrial development, but I’m not sure how it actually works.
But more importantly, I am morally certain that Barak Obama and his moneymen, watching the spectacle of Michiganders, almost all of them white, coming to blows outside the legislature, are laughing their asses off. Keeping the GOP and the unions antagonistic towards each other is all part of his plan to keep power until immigration makes the GOP unelectable.
The GOP, meanwhile, may never get the support of the unions, but it needs those union members votes if it ever expects to win the presidency again. Again, once the GOP picked the fight, then it’s better that they won, but really, were there really no more pressing problems to worry about?
* It’s quite reasonable for, say, a church that operates a private school, to require teachers to be members of the church. But the private schools I know about don’t actually impose this requirement.