Unions Are Now Joining The Occupy Wall Street Protests
Fifteen of the country’s largest labor unions have joined the “Occupy Wall Street” protests to give a little Bolshevik-style organization to this unfocused mess. Young class warriors may be able to travel to Zuccotti Square on mommy and daddy’s credit card, but they’ve been having trouble putting forth a coherent agenda.
When I first heard about these protests, my first question was, where’s the Ohio National Guard when you need them? They proved at Kent State that flower power is no match for firepower, and we could wrap this thing up in an afternoon
Unfortunately, this jumbled movement is starting to metastasize, and the protests are being embraced by cynical politicians. Kids whose financial experience goes no further than asking their parents for a bigger allowance are now setting an anti-business, big government agenda.
Look, I have two kids, and I’m struggling. The company where I worked for over a decade was sold, all of the jobs were transferred out of state, and we all got pink-slips. Unfortunately, I have no faith that a bunch of clueless kids and union hacks are going to lead me to the Promised Land.
The American economy is going to continue to decline until we hit bottom. Politicians keep proposing half-measures to slow the descent, but no one is willing to make the real changes that have to be made. It begins with American industry. We need jobs, and as long as those jobs are outsourced, we will be a declining service economy.
People will point out that the productivity of American manufacturing, and world-wide competitiveness, is the best it has ever been. Unfortunately, we’re also employing fewer people in the manufacturing sector than ever before. This situation is great for the stock holders and executives, but no so much for rank-and-file Americans.Continued on the next page