“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Mitch Daniels sticks it to the Indiana unions

Today Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law a bill that makes Indiana a right-to-work state. It allows any worker to opt out of union membership and coerced union dues. There has been an exodus of manufacturing jobs from rust-belt states that have coerced union membership, to right-to-work states, because unions extort ridiculous contracts agreements from employers that make the cost of doing business unacceptable.

This means that Indiana joins Wisconsin and Arizona as battle-ground states for union influence this election year. Hopefully that will spread thin the money with which unions intimidate and threaten state legislators. 23 states are now right-to-work states and when the statistics show net manufacturing job increases in these states while union states lose those same jobs, other right-to-work bills will be swiftly introduced out of sheer self preservation.

Unions are a bad and unnecessary drain on the economic health of any state. Getting rid of their influence and thuggery is a step in the direction of sound fiscal policy.

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