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Old 12-12-2012, 11:53 AM   #123
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Chronicle December 12, 2012
The Foundation
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"The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man." --James Madison

Editorial Exegesis


"Michigan has passed a modest labor reform, and the result has been threats and violence from Democratic elected officials and their union henchmen. ... To hear the Democrats tell the tale, you would think that Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan's Republican-controlled legislature had abolished unions. In fact, the legislation merely prohibits unions from forcing workers to pay dues to them as a condition of employment, which is why such measures are called 'right-to-work laws.' The law imposes no limitation on unions' ability to organize, to engage in collective bargaining, or to strike. It merely forbids them to take money out of the pockets of workers who do not wish to join them. In response, Democratic legislator Douglas Geiss declared on the floor of the state house: 'There will be blood. There will be repercussions.' And indeed there were: Knife-wielding partisans brought down a tent on representatives from the conservative group Americans for Prosperity -- women and children among them -- and roughed up bystanders. Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was beaten by the same mob, punched repeatedly in the face. Michigan is the 24th state to enact a right-to-work law, and the most heavily unionized state to do so. ... Right-to-work laws do not necessarily hobble unions; rather, they force unions to compete for resources and prove their value to their workers. Some unions provide obvious value: In places in which private-sector unions already are strongly established, right-to-work laws have in fact had little effect on union membership. The critical difference is that workers have a choice. This is a principle that should be codified in law in every state, and at the federal level as well. ... The shrieking in Michigan isn't about working men's wages, but campaign coffers. That is why there is blood." --National Review



Upright

"First, this conservative success in Michigan is ... largely the result of liberal overreach. If the Dems and organized labor hadn't been so greedy in the election ... this probably wouldn't have happened, or at least not so fast. When the left goes too far it creates a counter-reaction from the right. That's what the 2010 midterms were about (but, alas, not the 2012 election). ... Second, and perhaps more important, facts will always drive public policy -- eventually. The plight of certain states will naturally lead to homegrown reforms. ... The fight in Washington may be bogged down, but the fights on the ground in the various states are going better than we might of hoped. Except of course in California, where you people are doomed." --columnist Jonah Goldberg
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