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Michael Reagan: Right-to-work is freedom of choice

Cagle Cartoon Syndicate Published: December 14, 2012 4:00 AM

All those union thugs who were rioting in Michigan Tuesday were angry about the wrong thing.

They were demonstrating --which in union-speak means breaking things and punching people -- against Michigan's decision to become a right-to-work state.

If you believe the union spin, or the mainstream liberal media's spin, or the Obama spin, which all come from the same propaganda factory, that means Michigan no longer cares about workers, the right to organize, living wages, etc., etc.

But what Michigan's new law really means is that the voters and a majority of the politicians in the state have miraculously decided that a citizen's freedom of choice should extend to the freedom to be able to choose not to join a union.

What a concept.

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It's a great step forward for a troubled state that has seen its signature industry crippled to the point of near extinction by unions that had too much power over the lives of workers, American carmakers, politicians and the economy.

If those union thugs and their allies in the Democrat Party really had a clue, they would have been demonstrating -- peacefully, if that's possible -- against what has happened to the once-great, but now pathetic, city of Detroit.

The statistics are staggering. Detroit -- a union town if America ever made one -- is a socialist hell on wheels. Its city government is broke and nearly $50 million in the red, in part because it pays $1.08 in benefits to municipal workers and retirees for every $1 it pays in salaries.

Its population has fallen from 1.8 million in 1950 to about 700,000 as of 2011, and too many of the Detroiters who are left don't pay taxes, don't form traditional two-parent families, don't have jobs and aren't interested in having one.

Of the roughly 224,000 residents who actually have a job, only 190,000 work in the private sector. Oh, and 99,000 of Detroit's 363,000 housing units are vacant.

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Welcome to Obamaville -- and the future Obama America.

If Michigan's union thugs want to demonstrate about something beyond their own economic interests as seen through the lens of union fundraising, they might try raising a fist to the sorry state of education in Detroit.

Among students in city schools recently exiting eighth grade, only 7 percent are "proficient" in reading and only 4 percent are "proficient" in math.

Maybe the unions are happy with those shameful numbers, because they will be guaranteed a steady supply of uneducated kids who are only qualified to join a union.

It's interesting to see the left go wild in the streets to protest Michigan's giant step for greater worker freedom.

It seems the left only wants you to have freedom of choice when you're pregnant. After you give birth to the child, it's those on the left -- not the right -- that want to deny your freedom to choose, whether it's a school for your kid or to be in a union.

Michigan is going the right way-- the opposite of the Obama Way that has doubled America's homeless population to 636,000 and jacked up our food stamp population to 47 million.

Detroit has been destroyed by its own bad governments and the kind of federal policies Obama wants to expand. It may be beyond saving, except for growing crops where neighborhoods once were.

But Michigan has taken a dramatic step toward resurrecting its industrial economy. It's no longer a union-made state.

It's a state where freedom of choice extends to people who will no longer be forced to join a union or pay dues to a bunch of thugs who'll spend it to elect more presidents like the one we're stuck with now.

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anonymous Dec 18, 2012 12:13 PM

NY Times said it best in that a Fox reporter hit a union worker's fist with his face. Those right wingers sure are violent!

anonymous Dec 17, 2012 4:19 PM

Dear Republicans,

When you take away workers' rights to decent pay, healthcare and pensions, you make people MORE dependent on government assistance. Unions support workers...supporting themselves. "Right to Work" is WRONG! The average worker in RTW states make $5,333.00 a year less than in free barganing states. Poverty rates in RTW states are at 12.5%, compared to free barganing states at 10.2%. Workplace fatalities increase 51 percent in RTW states, as Unions aren't able to speak-up on behalf of workers. 21 percent more people do not have healthcare benefits in RTW states, compared to free barganing states. Economists have shown that these laws don't have any impact on job growth. It took 7 hours to pass thru the House and Senate in Michigan. No committee hearings, no debate, no public input, no transparency, no accountability. Lame duck Republicans knew they couldn't pass the legislation in January...so they SHOVED it down the throats of the people of Michigan...SHAME ON THEM...DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN IN OHIO...

I was raised in a Union Household and am thankful for that. My parents never had to worry about healthcare or wages below poverty level. Don't fall for the Rebublician lies...

anonymous Dec 14, 2012 10:40 AM

One other thing that has to do with the topic of this article rather than being a personal attack, and that's the sorry state of today's Unions. I grew up in a Union family during the 1940's - 1960's. We were proud of the accomplishments of our Unions, especially the environmental and safety improvements we pushed for. Better wages were good too, but then the Unions got too greedy and pushed for more money until the companies started to close down, and products got so expensive that we couldn't afford them. Everything got out of whack due to "the love of money." None of my family is in a Union today. That is a commentary on the sad state of the Unions, especially since we are all employed and doing reasonably well. No 1 percenters, just solid middle class citizens who all vote.

anonymous Dec 14, 2012 10:27 AM

Funny? What could you possibly see that's funny about Detroit? Nothing there is funny. Sad, yes. Pathetic, yes. Criminal, yes. The crime rate, low graduation rates, high unemployment, more government spending that's wasteful rather than productive, all of these things are not funny. Now if you have nothing to say about the sorry state of Detroit and Michigan, then it appears you're only left with the typical radical liberal response of attacking the messenger. Yep; no substance, just personal attacks. That too isn't funny, but rather sad.

This is why I'm no longer a liberal, and haven't been since 1990. The truth will set you free, but Socialism will set you up for failure. Here it comes America.

anonymous Dec 14, 2012 8:36 AM

Funny to see this Reagan character cry about propaganda.