Dec 11, 201201:35 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Send Segway Jeremy to Lansing, Michigan
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Maybe they’ll put him to work!
The Blaska Policy Research Werkes and Tanning Salon announces today a Holiday Fund Drive to send Wisconsin’s most recognized spokesman for organized labor to embattled Michigan. I refer, of course, to Segway Jeremy, miraculously rescued from death’s door by your donations.
No need for a bus ticket. Jeremy, the peripatetic Capitol protester, has his own wheels – two of them. No, all we need is money for the Illinois and Indiana tollbooths and a couple of burgers. Maybe an overcoat. Contribute today in care of this website to send Jeremy on his way!
Michigan, if you haven’t noticed, is in trouble. It’s got Detroit, which makes Fallujah seem like a vacation getaway. It’s the only state that lost population in the last census. Its unemployment rate is the sixth highest in the nation at 9.1%. And it’s got the Lions.
So, naturally, the good people of Michigan elected Republicans to try to change things around. Doing something different when what you’ve been doing is failing is what defines sanity, to put things in the positive.
They looked at an economic development policy potentially more powerful than the greatest Keynesian stimulus that Barack Obama could imagine – yes, greater even than high-speed rail. A thing called “jobs.” Michigan has decided to encourage them by becoming the 24th Right to Work state.
Which is pretty amazing, considering that 17.5% of Michigan workers are unionized, compared to 11.8% nationwide (6.9% in the private sector).
No longer will Michigan tolerate closed labor union shops. That is the law that forces workers to belong to a labor union organization and to pay its dues even if they choose not to do so. That has the labor unions and its apologists in a dither for, let’s say it, compulsion is the union way.
My friend and comrade in the descriptive arts, John Nichols, was in full spin cycle in Sunday’s “Views of the Capital Times,” carried by the Wisconsin State Journal. (For those of you who are bollixed by the Citizens United decision, who says corporations can’t speak?)
Like many “progressives,” Comrade John is pro-choice about some things (like life) and not so much about other things, such as freedom of association. (See Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Number One.)
The term “Right to Work” carries connotations that are too positive for Mr. Nichols, who is associate editor of the most pro-union news outlet in Wisconsin, the non-union Capital Times.
So John very cleverly substitutes for Right to Work the term “No rights at work.” Cute!
No rights at work! The mythology of our acquaintances on the Left (for they ARE our acquaintances) is that, without labor union contracts, employees would be working for Simon Legree.