Regardless of my or anyone’s affiliation to union workers, the current regime of politicians in the spotlight are really no different than any of their predecessors – regardless of what they might say. They’re out to make a name for themselves, in a crowded political arena, and what better way to do so than to make headlines with dirty politics by blaming unions.
What concerns me more however is the naivety of the human race. Instead of demanding facts, we listen to just about anyone who’s persuasive enough to convince us that somehow we’ve been wronged – oftentimes fictitious propaganda to further one’s agenda. But isn’t that politics in a nutshell or maybe a religious cult in which followers go along blindly with no opinion of their own?
Fine, the unions of America need to be reformed. And I believe there is a way in which to accomplish that without blaming unions and demonizing hundreds of thousands of hard working Americans who pay taxes at the state and local level just like everyone else.
This morning I came across an editorial by Ezra Klein of The Washington Post. The title read: “Unfair to blame unions for massive fiscal woes.”
Maybe this excerpt from Klein’s editorial will help residents to remember things are never as black and white as politicians make it sound. “Blame the banks. Blame global capital flows. Blame lax regulation of Wall Street. Blame home buyers, or home sellers. But don’t blame the unions. Not for this recession.”
It’s a little scary to think, but when the dust finally does settle and we find ourselves in the same financial disaster as before, if not worse, who’ll be the next contestant on the political blame game?