Opinion Station: Michigan, Unions, and Republicans, Oh My!

I find myself shaking my head over and over whenever I see someone from the right talking about the Michigan union protests — especially when such discussion is accompanied by an article from Fox News.  One fellow, for example, made a snarky comment about how the union folks are protesting over whether they get to choose to pay for something or not.  The problem?  That’s not what they are protesting.  If it were a matter of choosing to pay for a service and the benefits therein, I suppose unions would be protesting in a different manner.  But what they are actually protesting is a restriction on union rights  on top of a rule that says that anyone can benefit from anything the union does…while not paying for those benefits.

Michigan Union Protesters

Let’s think about that for a second, shall we?  Republicans, who just ran an election in which their Presidential candidate called 47% of Americans lazy bastards who have no sense of responsibility and think they can mooch off the government for the rest of their lives without paying for it (since they “don’t pay taxes” — myth, but whatever), are now saying “you shouldn’t have to pay for benefits you will receive as a result of activities performed by an organization working on your behalf.”  How’s that for personal responsibility?

Basically, the new Republican message to workers is this:  we think you should get better pay, healthcare, and so on (well, not really, but that’s what we’ll tell you to your face), but we don’t think you should have to pay for those benefits in any way whatsoever.  You get to benefit off the backs of other hard workers.

If this narrative sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the exact same narrative they peddled about the poor during the election this year.  The exact same narrative.

Hypocrisy knows no bounds…


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