More class warfare

Digby notes the same thing that I have in the past (such as here):

This fellow has a genuine gripe, no doubt about it. Many jobs suck and it sounds as though he is working harder for less money and isn’t happy about it. I feel for him. But considering all the reasons why that is, why does he resent those who have secured better working conditions through the unions?

He didn’t say explicitly that he’s mad because they are paid through taxes and are therefore doing well at his expense, but I’d guess that when you drill down that’s part of it. Still, he describes himself as a man of the left so I don’t know that this is about government and taxes nd the usual constellation of right wing concerns. More likely, and from the tone of his note, he seems to feel that it’s just generally unfair that some people have these secure, humane, well paid jobs and he doesn’t. And he’s right! Everyone should have them. (And there are quite a few places in the world where they do. Just not here.) So why not see it from that perspective instead of feeling resentment toward those who have managed a better deal? That’s the big question everyone’s asking themselves, I guess.

Companies hate unions because they give workers more power, which should be why the rest of us like them (not all the time in all things, but in general). It’s always amazed me that companies have been able to get so many people to take their side when they fight unions, but they have as unions at private companies have been decimated. And now they have moved on to public unions and say, with a straight face,:

Daniels said private-sector unions, while in decline in America, remain “necessary.” But he suggested the public-sector unions have hobbled governments by gobbling up taxpayer resources with generous benefits and salaries and “bulletproof” job protections.
Yup, that’s Indiana Governor Daniels implying that he supports private-sector unions. It’s just more class warfare, try to divide public-sector and private-sector unions. I wouldn’t be surprised if this works also. After all, we have to curb public-sector unions because their pensions are bankrupting us:

The court battles are playing out as lawmakers across the United States grapple with ballooning pension obligations that increasingly threaten schools, police, health clinics, and other basic services.

State and local governments may have $3 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities, and seven states and six large cities will be unable to cover their obligations beyond 2020, Northwestern University finance professor Joshua Rauh estimated last year.

Of course it’s not really true and at times the cuts lead to almost completely getting rid of the worker’s retirement fund, but it’s a sacrifice that has to be made. Somehow, the rich never seem to have to sacrifice.

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