If timing isn't literally everything, then at the very least it is a critical factor in how things turn out in life.
With that in mind, it is too bad that Detroit's bankruptcy did not occur before the referendum on Senate Bill 5 was held. That's because Detroit's plight shows what can happen when public sector unions are left unconstrained. With this before their eyes, Ohio voters might well have ratified SB 5 instead of rejecting it.
For make no mistake about it, powerful public sector unions played a major role in laying the foundation for the Detroit's near $10 billion unfunded pension and health care liability that has bankrupted Detroit.
As the city's revenue base and population continually shrunk from the 1960s on, the public sector unions resisted accommodation to this reality. Also, during the same time, these unions kept boosting the compensation packages of their members with the blessing of the politicians that they bought and paid for.
Few, if any cities or states, are in as dire a situation as Detroit. But still, everywhere they exert influence, public sector unions are a detriment to the area's economic health to one degree or another. As Franklin D. Roosevelt knew, it was a grave mistake from the get-go to ever allow any segment of the public sector to unionize.
For the good of society, public sector unions have to be -- and will be -- constrained. It's only a matter of how fast this occurs. The longer such reform is put off, however, the more pain there will be when the bullet is finally bitten.
Peter Skurkiss, Stow