Or shall I say, economically disenfranchised Republicans. A lot of them play themselves as Libertarians but I’ve long known that libertarianism is not what I want in control of government power.
In essence, libertarianism is fend for yourself.
But here’s what grabs me. We had dinner with friends recently and one of them has anti-union, and anti-government views. And looking him up in the Central Voter Registration DB, I note he’s a registered Republican. I mean, if you’re going to call yourself a libertarian at least disaffiliate so our status code in the database goes from R to U.
The other day I had picked up a replacement AC plug to repair a fan and I noted it was made by Leviton. That person mentioned that they once worked for Leviton here in RI that paid them $15 an hour and it was a union shop.
I explained that I was dismayed that the plug was made in Mexico. And I said that even when he was making $15 an hour, prices for Leviton goods were approximately the same as they are now that they’re made in Mexico. So where does the difference from $15 to $1 an hour go? In the pockets of the shareholders of Leviton.
I also brought up Germany – they are one of the most prodigious nations in Europe and have been for some time. They’re a heavy manufacturer, and their national policy dictates 6 weeks a year in vacation time. Here in the U.S. you’re lucky to get 2 weeks, 3 if you work there for 10 years.
The best deal I ever had was when I worked for the state once. We were allowed to comp any overtime. It got to the point where after we moved our facilities I had 400 comp hours. I used 300 of those which if you divide 300 by 8 = 37.5 days or 5.3 weeks plus my two weeks or 7.3 weeks off. That was as close as I’ve ever gotten to the German standard.
But I couldn’t get the point across that unions have actually given us the short 8 hour work day, the five day work week, etc.
And if you haven’t been watching – it will be unions that get us universal single payer health care in the U.S. I mean, look at the nurses, they’ve been agitating like crazy.
Here’s the thing that got me though. The guy in question, he’s struggling financially.
It brings to mind the bumper sticker I saw back in 2004. There was a beat up blue Buick in the parking lot with a Bush/Cheney 2004 bumper sticker on it.
Yes, that’s my go-to WTF! moment.