Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Welcome to Earth, Moon

In the news today, the nation's famed federation of unions, the AFL-CIO, seems to be disintegrating into its own feces. Big Labor's guys in the trenches are upset that union membership is dramatically down as a percentage of the U.S. workforce, and they are worried that their non-union brethren work more efficiently for pay not artificially inflated above the equilibrium market price. These realities, already in the cards even at the peak of union membership in 1954-1955, are coming crashing down on the various levels of Big Labor to dramatic effect. With no more artificial inflations of the Union movement at hand (in the 1960s and 1970s, Congress gradually extended the privilege to form labor rackets to government employees at various levels and in different functions, inflating the number of Americans in unions), the epiphany that unions are a shell of what they once were has finally dawned on the gods of Big Labor (Wal-Mart being the nation's largest employer and a non-union shop didn't give it away, apparently). So now they are shocked and trying to rebuild their organizations. Welcome to earth, moon. In the meantime, some Democratic faithful have started the hand-wringing process that comes from having one's ass handed to you across the board in a national election, realizing that you aren't nearly as strong as you once were, and now decombusting in a spectacular manner. The rising international free market capitalism is shaking off the old (inefficient) chains that constricted it.

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