This is a big problem people. Businesses are increasingly getting addicted to the government extracted money which comes from you and me. (And from our children and their children’s children.) Good to see even the folks at Harvard getting hip to this. Now if we could just reduce the key to crony capitalism, the thing which insulates these businesses from competition and which costs consumers billions, crony government. (And really there is no other kind.)
And the robots will only get better and cheaper.
Again we ask how it is that the SEIU and the other unions agitatiting for a radically higher minimum wage don’t understand that they are putting people out of work?
My bet actually is that they do understand that there will be big job losses but that they figure in the short term in states like California and New York there is hay to be made and perhaps new union dues to extract.
“What about us brain dead slobs?”
“You’ll be given cushy jobs.”
– From the Simpsons Monorail Song
This project is more about people getting paid than about getting people from place to place.
This guy (or someone like him) should set up one of these in Washington DC. I’ll bet it would do serious business. No joke. I’d go on it and I go to DC all the time. Just start at the Watergate and work one’s way to the Capitol.
As for Chicago it’s pretty amazing the amount of corruption which comes from the place. Some people even believe that Nixon would have been president in 1960 if it were not for vote rigging in the city.
“The precipitousness of the political debate is a little scary right now,” said Jim McNerney, who served as chief executive of Boeing Co. until last year and as chairman until February, at a recent industry conference.
“Anti-business” and “anti-market” are 2 very different things.
Many feel frustrated these days. There is the sense that there is an agenda and that everyday people are not part of that agenda.
Many people have been under considerable economic pressure since the Crash in 2008,
My family is full of teachers. I respect teachers. I value what they do. But let’s get real here. This – as my old buddy might say – is “a straight up jack move” from the unions. This is theft from the taxpayers. Sorry. I know your union “negotiated” the pensions with politicians which got money from your union but it is just stealing with the veneer of bureaucratic legitimacy. You know it. We know it.
The median household income (total) in Illinois is $54,916.
Cronies, be they folks at Boeing or at the SEIU want to set the rules but they don’t play by the rules.
Yet again, there are standards for the government cronies and there are standards for you and me who live in the productive, private sector.
“Labor unions are super PACs. Now they’re super PACs that we like, so Democrats don’t go after labor unions.” -Howard Dean
This is not a bad rhetorical tack as it is basically the only one Hillary has if she wants to continue to hide the transcripts. (By the way, there has got to be someone who recorded those speeches on their phone. Must be.)
And Howard Dean, Mr. Moveon.org, Mr. “Progressive” is attacking Bernie Sanders for his connections to unions?
Yesterday we covered an article in Newsweek where the author took issue with much of what he believed (and is) the hypocritical nature of some of the Republican candidates for president on the issue of crony capitalism. Marco Rubio and his embrace of sugar subsidies, an issue for which this website has taken him to task, was the prime example.
But the Newsweek piece was a clearly partisan one.
Government and unions do not mix, at least not for the taxpayer. Heck even FDR, Mr. New Deal, knew that government unions were a bad idea.
This would be a positive for the country. (Though some will of course wail.) Unions shouldn’t be able to just take money out of people’s paychecks just because a particular union says that it represents a particular worker. That’s crazy.
By Ed Ring, executive director, California Policy Center, December 15, 2015
“There are some lunatics out there and for $200 we encourage them.”
– Senator Mark Leno, speaking in favor of AB 1100, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times, August 17, 2015
Filing an initiative in California is about to get a lot harder, thanks to a law taking effect on January 1st,
A few weeks ago we posted on Finnish police wandering the streets of Helsinki looking for pizza which was priced “too cheaply.” The reason? The fear that pizza vendors were selling at a price which didn’t generate enough sales tax revenue for the socialist country. In that post we explained that in many parts of the American big government archipelago, the Northeast, parts of the urban Midwest, and much of California it was likely only a matter of time before “pizza police”
I have often said that if private unions do not act in a crony way, they are perfectly legitimate. If a group of people want to come together to collectively bargain and sell their labor in bulk I think this can be OK. A contract can create a sense of stability for both management and workers. But the only moral way to do this is without coercive action from government. Unfortunately unions seem never to stray far from their crony friends in government.