If “right to work” laws made states more economically competitive, Mississippi would be a paradise. The long-time “right to work” states, mostly in the South, have lower wages, higher rates of poverty, higher rates of unemployment, worse schools, worse opportunities for most folks. These are facts. All “right to work” does is give the plutocrats freedom to exploit their employees.
And the poor sap baggers today are chirping about “right to work” equaling freedom. I can hear Orwell smirking — toldja.
This snip from last night’s Hardball is worth watching —
Tweety was hard on both the union guy and the Americans for Prosperity guy. But it was fun to watch the Tweetster repeatedly ask the AFP guy who pays your salary, and the AFP guy repeatedly saying Americans for Prosperity, not the Koch brothers.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a group fronting special interests started by oil billionaire David Koch and Richard Fink (a member of the board of directors of Koch Industries). AFP has been accused of funding astroturf operations but also has been fueling the “Tea Party” efforts. AFP’s messages are in sync with those of other groups funded by the Koch Family Foundations and the Koch’s other special interest groups that work against progressive or Democratic initiatives and protections for workers and the environment. Accordingly, AFP opposes labor unions, health care reform, stimulus spending, and cap-and-trade legislation, which is aimed at making industries pay for the air pollution that they create.
So, yeah, the Koch brother’s are paying the tool’s salary.