Originally Posted by Rohirrim
Read the article. It started long before NAFTA. It wasn't the unions, although they are a convenient scapegoat for the Right.
If you want to know where the blame lies for lost American jobs, you need look no further than Washington DC. They're on the dole, and those who pay them order them to write the legislation, policies and tax codes that stuff money in the plutocrats pockets, whether it's good for America or not. Keep backing the plutocrats. See where it gets ya. It's the legislators you elect that write this garbage. Don't start whining about the unions.
Simple stuff. When was America at its most prosperous in history? After WWII. When were the unions at their pinnacle of membership? Same time. Unions are a fraction of what they were then, while corporate power has grown exponentially. Blaming unions for our economic problems is idiotic.
So instead of voting for the same morons that at on the dole.. Vote them out of office.
You got what you voted for do not poss and moan about it.
I've seen unions from both sides of the fence and IMO they drove more jobs out of the country or in lots of cases companies ether into bankruptcy or business all together.
Just look at the airline industry. Every one of them has been through bankruptcy and the first thing that happens is a labor reduction and new contracts for those that are unions.
I would have no issues with unions if they did not protect the lazy/stupid/totally incompetent of the workers that should be gone. But the constant we need more money and benefits kill even the best run companies.
I also have to blame the US citizens, because if they would not buy imports china would not exist today as a world power. They wanted cheap well they got it along with unemployment that it fed.