The same groups that ruined the American auto industry may start to wreck other parts of the economy now as well. Barack Obama and other leading democrats are supporting measures that would essentially force workers to become part of unions or risk major threats from their coworkers and union leaders, through the use of card checks. As this Heritage Foundation report notes:
Even when organizers do not illegally threaten workers, card checks expose workers to organizers’ psychological manipulations and give them only one side of the story. Card checks lead many workers to make impulse decisions and expose workers who wish time to consider their decision to harassment by union organizers. Cards signed in public simply do not represent workers’ free and considered choice.
The unions, though declining in political influence over the last few decades surely helped propel the Democrats’ political sweep during the most recent election, and with this legislation would have a chance to recruit thousands of workers and further empower the liberal machine. This is coming at a time when unionization is the last thing the country needs to compete. While unions served certain necessary functions in times when workers may have in some instances been unfairly treated by management, unions have long outlasted their necessity, causing all sorts of problems by seeking tons of unnecessary benefits that have bankrupt companies. Unions also can cause increased unemployment when wages are sought by unions above the market price for labor, as companies cut back to pay for the more expensive laborers. Further, they have hurt us as a nation competitively by causing businesses to look to states or other nations without unions. If the Democrats ever wanted to find a way to push more jobs overseas, this is the way to do it. How about that for economic stimulus.