An Open Letter to Michigan Union Workers
Steve Deace, a Michigan native and union member, writes an open letter to Michigan union members on why Right to Work benefits their families and the state he loves: I love the state of Michigan. I grew up there. I may live in Iowa, but my man cave is adorned in maize-and-blue. I still allow the Detroit Lions to rip my still-beating heart of out of my chest and show it to me 16 Sundays per year. I use Detroit Red Wings championship banners for curtains. I can still recite the entire everyday lineup – in order – of the 1984 World Series champion Detroit Tigers. I say this to point out I am one of you. Heck, I was also a Teamster. I worked at the nation’s first automated UPS plant in Grand Rapids as a truck loader to put myself through Grand Rapids Community College. When I stopped working there I made sure to pay up all my dues to leave as a member in good standing. I grew up with a step-dad who was an active Teamster at Grand Rapids Gravel driving ready-mix trucks. I think unions historically have been an imperfect but mostly necessary check-and-balance against corporatism, which I and most other liberty-loving Americans loathe. I can’t stand crony capitalism any more than you can. It’s an oxymoron like “gay marriage,” “moderate Arab nation,” and “local celebrity.” There’s no such thing as “crony capitalism,” because capitalism is based on the objective worth of an asset as determined by a free and competitive market. Whenever cronyism gets involved it becomes about the subjective nature of palm-greasing and back-scrubbing, which is antithetical to capitalism. I agree with you it’s hypocritical for those claiming to be for economic growth to fight Obamcare and then fight to nominate as an alternative in the other party the guy who gave the administration the idea in the first place. I agree it’s hypocritical of ruling class Republicans to say a union worker in Toledo making $15/hour at the local Chrysler plant doesn’t deserve a bailout from the federal taxpayer, but their buddies at “too big to fail” Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs do. I share many of your laments, but what you’re being sold as the solution to these problems is actually what caused the problem.