Monday, December 13, 2010

Pawlenty on the Public Unions

Is it too early to join the Pawlenty for President bandwagon?
When Americans think of organized labor, they might think of images like I saw growing up in a blue-collar meatpacking town: hard hats, work boots, tough conditions and gritty jobs. While I didn't work in the slaughterhouses, I did become a union member when I worked at a grocery store to help put myself through school. I was grateful for the paycheck and proud of the work I did.

The rise of the labor movement in the early 20th century was a triumph for America's working class. In an era of deep economic anxiety, unions stood up for hard-working but vulnerable families, protecting them from physical and economic exploitation.

Much has changed. The majority of union members today no longer work in construction, manufacturing or "strong back" jobs. They work for government, which, thanks to President Obama, has become the only booming "industry" left in our economy. Since January 2008 the private sector has lost nearly eight million jobs while local, state and federal governments added 590,000.


Lonnie Bruner said...

Oh, this is rich. Pawlenty blames Obama for jobs lost one full year before he was even inaugurated!

Barnabas said...

Michael Cottrell is back and involved in another $3.87 Trillion Trust invcolving CMKX Shareholders.

Here's a link explaining the relationship between Cottrell, Story and the new player, Al Hodges (Super Lemon Law Lawyer)

James B. said...

Heh, I heard Story died, but haven't really been following it lately. I wonder what they are up to now.

Zappa said...

Naw, Pawlenty doesn't impress. Seems a little to beholden to the right-wing Christians.