If you cannot beat independent-minded citizens legally, then make the illegal legal and coerce them into supporting you – that seems the strategy of Democrats in Michigan, not just DC. In DC, we see felons set free, drugs made legal, due process suspended for snap impeachments. Now comes Michigan, about to kill “right to work” laws, forcing employees to pay union dues – for Democrat coffers. May they reap what they sow.
The concept of a self-licking ice cream cone is not new, but this Michigan law – which would rot America to the core if it caught on nationally – is about as close as you get to a political “self-licking ice cream cone.” Democrats have no policy argument for coercing union membership, but are about to do it.
In short, Michigan “democrats are preparing to repeal the state’s right-to-work law,” making this “one of few states ever to undo right to work,” creating a sequence of events that will include compulsory union membership and annual dues, legal action against those who do not comply with the legalized extortion, higher labor costs, unemployment, and a hammer fall on the Michigan economy.
But the biggest effect will be to reverse individual freedoms, distort election integrity, and create compulsory employee funding of the Democratic Party, Democrat reelections, and Democrat policies, higher taxes and environmental mandates to anti-girl trans and anti-dream CRT mandates.
In short, while Americans long for lower taxes, inflation, and crime, more employment, security, and parental control over education, fewer mandates and more liberties, what Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan called freedom, Michigan’s Democrats are taking their state backward, into darkness.
Specifically, “the State’s Democratic-controlled House” just passed a bill “to end right to work, which lets workers take a job without having to join a union” and Democrat “Senate leaders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have said they’ll approve the bill,” making Michigan “the first state to repeal right to work since 1965.”
The real issue is not Michigan, which can certainly decide to institutionalize corruption, as the unions pump millions into Democrat elections and seek to lock in control over the future with this regressive, anti-freedom law.
The real issue is – as we look around corners – that the political left feels newly empowered, with Biden and spendthrift national leadership to do the unthinkable, coerce citizens with backward mandates, forcing the three-quarters who do not want this law – to do what the elites want.
Just as almost 80 percent of Black America does not disagree with IDs for voting, and are not incapable of presenting them – despite a president who condescends that voter ID’s are racist – most employed in business, teaching, trades, do not want to pay dues they do not want to pay.
Moreover, they resist use of those dues to perpetuate twisted policies and union leaders who live for themselves, not the tradesmen, teachers or students they purport to represent.
As local sources report, “The bill’s backers offer little rationale beyond aiding unions…” and “laughed as Republicans questioned the process and policy, arguing a repeal would make Michigan less competitive.”
Ironically, a “Survey-USA poll last month found that 74 percent of Michigan voters oppose repealing it,” but here is the spoiler alert. Leftist Democrats interested in their campaign coffers and the unholy union-Democrat alliance do not care.
To show how craven this State’s Democrat leaders are – and how they do not care what the people think – they “designed the bill to be referendum-proof,” putting in a million dollars so they can call it “appropriations,” thus skirting a ballot measure.
Beyond contaminating the political process with illicit largess and distorting the electoral process by diverting non-Democrat dues to Democrat coffers, the bill will hammer the Michigan economy, likely chasing employers to other states.
Thus, bans on “forced union membership helped Southern states attract auto and other manufacturing jobs from the Midwest, and in turn inspired Midwestern states to get on board with the policy,” when earlier, “Indiana and Wisconsin joined Michigan in adopting right to work.” That was 2012, and it helped all economies.
Never mind, however, Democrat politicians see a cash cow – and a way to take money from non-Democrats and give it to Democrats, so onward they march. Last year, Michigan Democrats reportedly took “more than three million dollars from the state’s five biggest unions,” and now they can count on a bigger haul.
Who loses? Just the average citizen, who has fewer job prospects, must suffer a draw on their paycheck and in turn is used by Democrats to push policies no one wants, except those who personally profit. That is the definition of “legalizing corruption” – how better than to kill “right to work?” May they reap what they sow.
Robert Charles is a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former Reagan and Bush 41 White House staffer, attorney, and naval intelligence officer (USNR). He wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003), “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), and is National Spokesman for AMAC.
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If you voted for them, you deserve what you end up with… another California to escape from!
Maybe the politicians should pay union dues.
S, They are WITH OUR MONEY. Thank you Gretchen Witchmer you’ve accomplished what you said you would do for all your union friends. All you liberal, socialist, communist, democrats that helped get her elected I hope you loose your jobs. I grew up in Michigan and am in my late 70’s but if I were younger I’d get out of here as fast as I could.
Having been teamater for only a dozen yrs. But worked trade in non-union 30 . I joined a union shop because my industry was taking advantage of the employees without representation. Can’t see the teachers and service unions as competitive with their industry. Quite contrary.
Arm yourselves well, a second civil war is coming!
I am 68 years old. Soon I will croak. You voted for Democrats, everyone can go to hell. I will be looking up from way below. The country is starting to implode like SVD bank. Serves you right. You can tell the younger generation what you voted for. They can think you for what you left them. CHRIS
There is a solution. Stop paying your state taxes and union dues for a few years. No taxation without representation. As there are not enough tax collectors to cover 75 percent or the states population. Take the $$$’s away on a state wide scale.Yes its hard but taking your freedom and quality of life ??
Stop paying taxes? Its automatically deducted from your paycheck and at the cashier! But then if it were possible, the police state always jails rebels like not paying taxes!
Instead of “reap what they sow” the ppl of MI should say good riddance. This is so wrong but exactly the way democrats play today. I think we need to concentrate on news. If ppl don’t get honest reporting they remain in the dark. Can’t they be sued for lying?
Telling the Media to stop lying, Is like telling a dog in Texas not to have fleas. CHRIS
This importantly demonstrates the urgency for educating those registered democrats to the fact that the democrat party is not your friend!
People can uproot their families and move, but the problem is, they are running out of places to run to! The left is heavily funded by Global patheists with very deep pockets. Many of these folks are not Americans but they are relentless, polluting America one region at a time. They are well organized and fund people who have no other job or purpose other than corrupting and destroying America. It’s very frustrating thst those who are diligently working to support their families are being out flanked by lazy, worthless Marxists.
Michigan voters sent our beautiful state to the sewer this last election. Legally or not legally, we are stuck with this mess until the next election. I think the whole state should vote on Right To Work; not just legislators who are NOT real workers anyway.
Democrats have become despots. ￼ Under Biden this has been woefully apparent. The Democrats are leftist communist, globalists and are destroying the United States of America. However, there is good news! ￼Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot with their nonsense and failures. An example is FTX and SVB￼ failure which are a direct result of Democrat incompetence. Democrats want to control you and everyone around them because they will do anything to retain power which has included fraudulent elections overuse of executive orders that are unconstitutional and the general mockery of all Christian and American values. I for one am glad that the Democrats are finally clearly stating and demonstrating just who they are and how corrupt they are, it’s time to stand up and vote every Democrat out of office!
Yes, John. I agree with you, we need to vote all Democrats and RINO out of offices. What’s about Joe Manchin?
It’s unfortunate, but our elections have consequences that are now out of the voters control.
They’ve taken full control over our elections in Michigan and other states. We people have not elected these people for the reasons why they are implementing numerous laws that subjugate the people.
Gun Owners are going to be criminals who don’t lock up their firearms. Registration annually will raise money for those who want to control those who have certain firearms. Oh it’s going to get even nuttier with time to give these bucketheads in power.
For the 2 + decades here, we’ve been drifting with more Left-wing crazy getting into office, but while hearing about election problems in certain counties.
2018 Soros and other funds helped to change the key people to illegally change the future. Last year, they made it all legal with 3 evil proposals to the ballot. Any intelligent people would say No to all 3. Surprise that the certain places with election problems said Yes by enough to pass all 3, keep the top 3 people in top spots, and flip the state congress to blue power.
I am not stupid. What happened here will be used to happen elsewhere. Please be careful about your election processes.
Nuke the state of Michigan & California and New York
Also Oregon & Washington state. North Korea said we will Nuke Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego etc. I say prove it. CHRIS
Many years ago I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing the guy who started the Bloods gang. The interviewer asked how it felt to be the leader of the largest gang in America and he replied,”we’re not the largest gang, the government is.” To which I scoffed. I’m older and wiser now, he was right.
I can’t believe they are allowed to do this! Can you say supreme court? They did some real shifty stuff in the state of Missouri with right to work too. Unions just struggle and struggle for more power.
repeal IRC 501 c 5 exemptions
There goes FREEDOM
Just remember when everyone is b*tching about this after it passes; be very vocal about asking who voted to “reelect” whitmer and a majority “democrat” aka communist legislature. When you get very few if any admitting they did continue to harp on it.
I remember when things were going south under jimmy (the idiot) carter and everyone was complaining I couldn’t find anyone who admitted they voted for the guy.
We did not vote for witless and her children.
They’re thieves, liars, and Soros funded
We live in this state,I just heard the toilet flush again. Can’t wait to move south.
I am one of the people who will now be forced to pay union dues in order to continue in my current job. The only satisfaction I will get out of this mess is to tell a lot of my co-workers that if they voted for Whitmer, this is their fault!!! And that they should think if voting Republican next time!!!!
No you won’t pay dues. You will get paid union wages. No more and no less
What planet do you live on? There is no democrat party anymore. Look at their policies! Right out of “The Communist Manifesto!”
Hate to disillusion you, but the union employees at my place of work are paid LESS than their non-union counterparts. The union hasn’t really done a thing for me except cave in to management’s wishes…
And union dues too. CHRIS
Hey, DrScottD Even with union wages, you still have to pay monthly union dues.
Indeed, Dumbocrats are SABOTAGING LIFE, AND LIBERTY IN MANY American states.
???? Amazing and scary as well!
It’s their way or no way…
Why is anyone surprised or even dismayed. Just admit it, we have not been a free Republic for years and that seems to be just fine with a majority of voters in national elections. Top-down authoritarians (elected and lifetime deep Staters) are in complete control of the Federal Government. The Feds supporting blue states can ignore the Constitution and its spirit with no fear of blow back. California recently turned over independent truckers to the Unions. Now Michigan voters through their elected officials are enforcing a form of involuntary servitude. If a critical mass of a population consistently supports the Leviathan then you can’t really be to surprised when it comes for you.