Back in 1989, 20 years ago, I purchased a brand new Chevrolet 4x4 Silverado truck. I had it all decked out and sweet. It only cost me around $16,000. It was a great ride. Except for it being a lemon (bad rear-end, bad battery, bad electronics, bad clutches, bad transmission), I liked that truck.
Now, thanks to union demands and union blackmailing of corporations, I went to price out a new 2010 Dodge 4x4 truck and found that the price has almost tripled in price. The cost of a truck now is over $40,000.
You can't tell me that the cost of the parts, or the cost of repair work, has led to this increase. The blame for this massive increase in product price can be laid solely at the feet of the business-sucking-leeches of the unions.
This needs to end. Unions need to be busted as their relevance has come and gone. Their incessant need for more and more money, more and more benefits, more and more conciliations, are driving businesses in to bad business economic practices.
Proof can be seen in the recent auto bailouts and massive DOT transportation and construction contracts that have shown nothing but the ability to line Democrat and Union boss pocketbooks.
This economy can not continue like this. Businesses can not continue like this.
The sole reason that GM started to go under was due to union demands that it agreed to and its long-term benefits to those workers who no longer work for the company. Heck, they even pay the salaries to workers who do not work. This is unsustainable.
We need a new policy of pro-business. Businesses should be allowed to either allow or disallow union presence. They should even be allowed to be full or partial unionized.
The baiout of GM made things even worse for this country - not bybailing out the company directly, but - by actually bailing out the unions expenses that the company has incurred over the years.
Had GM been forced to submit to bankruptcy like any normal company, the bankruptcy court would force the unions and suppliers to recalculate their agreements. This would have had the benefit of reducing corporate expenses but also showing the world that it was the unions that caused GM's demise.
How many more people could GM hire if unions didn't force GM to pay a worker 3x their worth, or to pay people to not work, or to pay for retirement at the age of 35? How much cheaper would their products be compared to their competition without prices going to union boss' pockets and to Dem coffers?
OK, I am off my soapbox.
[UPDATE] Unfortunately for America's sanity and freedoms, Unions are now gaining foothold after foothold in our political system as well. Our poor little experiment has become tainted and infected from a very bad virus. (H/T Warner Todd Huston at Gateway)