The Repugnant Republican Spin Machine is running at top speed the last few months. Instead of getting Americans riled up about Republicans cozying up to large corporations, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Banking, and Big (Insert Lobbying Group's Name Here), they're trying to get Joe Nascar and Joe WWF who are making 40K a year mad at the Teachers who make (on average) $51K a year. Yeah, those greedy teachers, with their degrees, and their book learnin, and their "Fat Cat Union Bosses"! How dare they want to collectively bargain! Peacefully even!
Well, Rachel Maddow had a nice summary graphic yesterday, showing the top 10 groups who contributed to the 2010 congressional campaigns. There WERE Unions in there! 3 whole groups, who ranked 5th, 6th, and 9th in order of who contributed the most. Who was number 1? Chamber of Commerce, of course, followed by a gaggle of artificial "grass roots" organizations, each of whom are sponsored by Republican millionaires and billionaires, and who claim to be supporting good ole hard workin Umerikuns like you and me. Grrrrrr.
Yes, Unions can make it more expensive for corporations to operate, and are sometimes less flexible than non-union environments. I've been grieved against many times in the unionized factories in which I've worked, always for petty reasons... BUT... I like the fact that there's an OSHA, and a minimum wage, and a limited work week, and other safety rules that make it less hazardous to go to work and earn a wage to feed my family. I used to HATE unions when I was in my 20s and early 30s, but I've matured, and got over my antipathy. Many members of my extended family are in unions, and most of their unions have worked to help their members.
It's not the unions that are "killing jobs" and "hurting America" - in fact, the unions are working hard to do just the opposite. But like any evil marketing campaign, Karl Rove and Grover Norquist have spun this brilliantly, to take the Republicans greatest weakness (in bed with lobbyists and wealthy corporations) and occlude it with a false argument of "teachers are all rich fat cats". Really? Teachers, not Investment Bankers or Oil men, or Wall Street... are the cause of the nation's financial problems?
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