Free at last, free at last
I thank God I'm free at last
--American Negro Songs, J. W. Work
It will be of little avail to the people
that the laws are made by men of their own choice
if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read,
or so incoherent that they cannot be understood
My choice early in life was either
to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician.
And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference
--Harry S. Truman
Ranger is a former union member, and the new health care bureaucracy seems a dagger aimed at the heart of organized labor.
A primary historical focus of unions has been their fight to achieve member health care. Now, this is no longer a negotiable contract clause since the government has preempted this union function.
In place of unions will be another complete federal bureaucracy necessitated as a result of this bill. Rep. John Dingell [D-MI], Dean of the House of Representatives said on a Detroit radio program yesterday (the Paul W. Smith Show) that it will be a lengthy process implementing the "necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people." Slip of the tongue, or intentional vantage point?
Wage negotiation is the other major union function, but it, too, has been overcome by events. Most workers today are happy just to be employed.
Who said democrats favor unions?