Monday, March 30, 2009

Don't forget prevailing wage reform

In looking for a way to govern Detroit automakers to prosperity, even President Barack Obama seems to realize the influence of union wages has had a negative effect.

"What we are asking is difficult," Obama said today. "It will require hard choices by companies. It will require unions and workers who have already made painful concessions to make even more."

So as Kentucky moves closer to a tax raising special session, wouldn't it make sense for us to look at the excessive costs of mandating union wages for public construction projects in the state?

1 comment:

Hempy said...

Prevailing wage laws are not the problem. Without adequate wages to pay for necessaries and conveniences and entertainment, there can be no prosperity. But that's Adam Smith's capitalism, which conservatives don't like.

They're feudalists, who believe the lord of the manor has absolute authority to tell the serfs what to be content with.

Too, the lords can collude together to deny the serfs the right to organize for their mutual benefit.

Oops! That's Adam Smith's capitalism again. Feudalists, Republicans and conservatives--all one and the same--think it's OK for the lords (management) to collude together to oppress the serfs to the benefit of the lords (management).

Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, pointed out that there are no laws against management from colluding like there are laws prohibiting wage earners from organizing for their mutual benefit.

No wonder John Stuart Mill wrote of conservatives:
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.