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Your Mr. Biddle argues for the benefits of world trade agreements, and I have no trouble with that opinion. What he fails to define is the role of our “strong” unions in the destruction of domestic industries. I propose the following economic law — the strongest the union, the faster the destruction of their industry.
1) automobile industry — a very strong union which obtained back in the 1970s 49 days of paid holidays, health benefits for extended family members, and the highest hourly rate for unskilled workers in the world (unskilled because they work on automated machines);
2) electronic industry — also a very strong union, so strong that televisions, radios, computers, cameras, telephones, etc., etc. come now exclusively from abroad;
3) textile industry — a very strong union that first chased that industry from New England to the South and then from the South to Mexico, Bangladesh, Turkey, Spain, Guatemala, etc., etc. I forgot to mention the shoes.
In all this one should not forget the unions of government employees, for example those who sent the visa extensions to the 9/11 terrorists 6 months after their attack. And then there is the teacher unions who destroyed the best schooling system in the world to the point where many of our doctors, nurses, professors, scientists, writers, etc., come here from abroad, and about half the population is functionally illiterate. In a recent “proficiency” exam of our 8-graders here in Las Vegas they were given mathematical questions with 4 possible answers; three of those four were utterly beyond any possibility, so that an idiot could guess right just by inspection. A blind chicken would have guessed 25%; our “students” guessed 53%! Imagine that!
So they are twice as smart as the blind chicken!p>It is unfortunate that such government “services” cannot physically be outsourced. It is also against the spirit and soul of this unique country to allow the government unions to act against their employees and to steal us blind — us, the people of this free country! br> — Marc Jeric br> Las Vegas, Nevada /p>
“Many of these students will struggle to enter and then graduate from college or get into programs for high-skilled industrial positions such as machine tool manufacturing, one of the sectors benefiting from globalization. And ultimately, they will be left behind by a booming world economy.”p>You really can’t be serious with this statement. Did you read what you wrote? Benefiting? There has been no sector harder hit than molds and machine tools. This ridiculous statement makes the rest of this article complete drivel.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online