I got some interesting comments on my article about malfeasance of yesterday. There is quite a bit of animosity concerning unions in this country. But it is like a lot of other movements in life, it's life seems to be more like a pendulum than anything else. Back in the days of the SITDOWN IN ANDERSON, 1936 I believe, my grandfather stayed in the plant for the sitdown and my grandmother walked picket duty with a hog leg in her purse. Grandmother was no one to fool with at any time. Things were rough back then and the company, General Motors, was the biggest company in America and they acted like it. The strike back then was a rowdy, bloody affair. No kidding. They sent Walter Reuther down to lead the people and General Motors shut down Plant 1 for a day and made black jacks with which to greet Mr. Reuther when he got off the train. He got off in a little town North of Anderson named Alexandria and came in riding an automobile. Probably saved a few busted skulls with that little trick. But Management was mean as hell in those days. If you can find the book SITDOWN IN ANDERSON I would recommend reading it.
Bu the strike was finally won and everybody got back to work and life went on. Except the union kept getting more and more power and management kept getting less. The pendulum had swung too far the other way. By the time the 70's came around the union was damn near running the company and they got what they wanted. Too much power. Not enough balance.
And this is what affected our states and municipalities 30 some years ago. The firemen and the police started getting every thing they wanted. And they got too much. And it is coming back on them now that we are facing a long depression. What this is all about is that the management side of life shipped all the manufacturing out of the country and let the workers go straight to hell, which they are now doing by the millions. The big Idol of the Republican party, Ronald Reagan, got this all started by allowing the businesses to ship out. Then came Bush Sr, followed by Clinton, followed by Bush Jr. and now Obama. The politicians follow the money and the money was coming through goods imported from China and Mexico and Indonesia and Malaysia and Bangladesh and South Korea and Japan. Where ever there was cheap labor. The labels said the country of origin but it didn't say who owned the manufacturing plant. But the factories were owned by our fellow Americans. The people on OUR SIDE. HAH! What a joke.
I must quit writing now and watch the stock market unravel. When it is down 200 points by 11 o'clock in the morning we could be facing some major news. Hang on to your hats and stay alive if you can.