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September 5, 2022
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Today is Labor Day, which is sometimes jokingly described as the day when Americans honor work by taking the day off work. I hope you enjoy the holiday with your family, and enjoy this special Labor Day edition of my newsletter.

These days, it’s easy for free market conservatives to distrust labor unions because of their corrupt leaders or one-sided politics (more on that later.) But Labor Day reminds us of that era in history when unions were more interested in protecting workers than in protecting the jobs of union bosses and Democrat politicians. Labor Day observances unofficially began around the turn of the 20th century as a celebration of the union movement, which was fighting truly dangerous and exploitative working conditions, not to mention violent strike-busting tactics. Those kinds of conditions are not beneficial to labor or management.

Workers who get good pay, reasonable hours and a safe workplace are motivated to work harder and make their employers profitable. America’s prosperity and world leader status were the result of shared benefits between labor and management. Recruiting good employees, treating them well, and giving them a stake in the outcome is good business. When labor and management are partners, everyone wins: stockholders, management, workers, and most importantly, consumers.

Before the Chinese unleashed a virus that knocked the wind out of our economy, President Trump wasn't just helping to bring back jobs, but the strong job market and record low unemployment meant companies had to offer higher pay and more benefits to attract good workers. That's how getting government out of the way of job creation benefits everyone. Currently, businesses are offering higher wages and benefits to attract employees only because the government has been making it easier for them not to work than to work. Now, they’re not only paying their voters’ current bills at taxpayer expense, they’re paying off their old debts, too. But the endless giveaways on the tab of productive workers and our grandchildren are unsustainable, as our $30.8 trillion national debt (up by $2.1 trillion from just one year ago) proves.

Unfortunately, we are living through a dangerous period in which both the White House and Congress are in the hands of a party that is openly hostile to capitalism and doesn’t have clue how businesses work. They’re mostly interested in using government to exercise raw power and to throw another trillion dollars a week of other people’s money onto their dumpster fire of fiscal responsibility. One of the major reasons they are in power is because of the support, monetary and otherwise, of powerful union leaders. For instance, Biden was recently hailed as the most “pro-union President ever,” thanks to his support of laws forcing workers to join unions against their will, and his proclivity for creating so many new unionized government jobs, like those 87,000 new IRS agents.

Union leaders are supposed to be looking out for workers, but does anyone seriously believe that the politicians they’ve helped install into power are primarily concerned with what American workers think are their best interests, as they demonize patriotic working Americans as “semi-fascists,” crush American industries, tax-away job-creating business profits and drive jobs and American capitol back overseas to nations like Saudi Arabia and China?

A union is supposed to act as the voice of its workers, but too many unions today prioritize advancing the Democrats over that. For instance, many energy and pipeline industry workers supported Trump, but their bosses worked to elect Biden…who, upon taking office, promptly picked up his executive order pen and stabbed them in the back with it, killing the Keystone XL Pipeline project, going to war on domestic energy production, and destroying many good-paying union jobs. Union bosses pretended to be shocked that he did exactly what he’d long promised to do by trying to destroy our domestic fossil fuel industry. Likewise, his open border policy that’s flooding the nation with illegal immigrants is taking away job opportunities and driving down wages for low-skilled American workers. This is particularly hard on minority workers, who were finally seeing real wage increases for the first time in decades under Trump.

I also hear these days from a lot of teachers who are horrified at the socialist indoctrination, racist “Critical Race Theory” and graphic and inappropriate LGBTQ sexual propaganda their leftist union bosses expect them to teach, but they’re terrified to speak up about it. One Connecticut assistant principal recently spilled the beans by revealing how they illegally refuse to hire any teachers who are religious, Catholic, conservative or over 30 because they figure they’re more likely to resist brainwashing their students with leftism. Is that how today’s unions “give the workers a voice,” by making them afraid to speak their minds for fear of losing their jobs?

Maybe the union bosses think it’s worth it if the Democrats can shove through their PRO Act bill that would essentially unionize the entire economy. Booster claim polls show Americans strongly support it, but that’s because the people selling it as a piñata of goodies that will empower workers and protect their rights, but they haven’t been told that it’s actually full of poison pills that will kill the economy and their jobs and force Americans to hand over billions of dollars in union dues to union bosses, along with much of their freedom to choose how and when they will work. It would repeal state right-to-work laws and destroy the modern freelance/gig/contract worker economy that many workers prefer.

https://www.independentsentinel.com/dems-re-introduce-bill-to-kill-millions-of-jobs-and-destroy-the-gig-economy/

It’s no wonder that when given a choice, many workers stop paying union dues because they believe their unions aren’t doing enough to deserve them and are actively working against their interests and personal beliefs.

I have nothing against unions in theory, and they did a lot of good in the early 20th century to give workers a voice, to protect their safety and to assure fair wages and reasonable working conditions. But like most things that become entangled in Democrat politics, they forgot their original mission and became corrupt. Like much of our federal Deep State, they’ve outlived their time but are so embedded into our system that they’re now concerned chiefly with protecting and expanding their own power even at the expense of the people they claim to be serving.

That’s why on Labor Day, we can reflect on the positive historical role that unions played a century ago, but mostly, I prefer to think of it as a day to celebrate today’s American workers: the people who put in a hard day’s work, sweating through their clothes on farms and in factories…those who don police and firefighter uniforms and rush toward danger when the rest of us are running away from it…and the ones who kept working through the pandemic, from the doctors and nurses to the truckers, delivery drivers and grocery shelf stockers, to keep the rest of us supplied with the necessities of life. The ones who are literally, and figuratively, carrying the load for those who can’t or won’t.

These are the real heroes of America who deserve a holiday in their honor. So this Labor Day's for you!

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  • Ralph Bailes

    09/05/2022 10:16 PM

    Your final laudatory paragraph omitted the ones who actually bleed for this country. Reckon someone in your family should have experienced a military connection? Regards Ralph Bailes, Commander USN (Ret,)

  • Eddie Cox

    09/05/2022 10:00 PM

    Keep up the good work. I am Herman Cox’s second son and Roger Booth was my best friend and roommate at Henderson. I only met u once but loved to hear you preach when I took leave from the Navy.

  • Connie Rogers

    09/05/2022 03:46 PM

    I love your newsletter. It’s my only source of real news because I know you are always going to tell me the truth! Thank you so much for hearing g the call of God on this and doing all the work so we can make intelligent decisions. You’ve taken the place of Rush Limbaugh. We love you!

  • Shirley Smiley

    09/05/2022 03:39 PM

    Dear Mike, love your news letters. I'm a Trump supporter, but also back unions. Not corruption of course, but my husband was in a union for most of the time we raised our children and it was wonderful. Great insurance. When he finally had to work for himself because there were no jobs, we have paid through the nose for insurance, no real income security, etc. I wish republicans would take a second look at the benefits of a union. It's too bad union workers vote democrat, because republications talk bad about unions. Thanks for your time.

  • Mike TIerney

    09/05/2022 03:38 PM

    Why would you imply that the XL pipeline had anything to do with domestic oil interests? It was to carry super polluted Canadian oil to refineries for export. No ne was intended for domestic consumption. Your extreme bias does not coincide with your professed Christianity. Telling the truth does. But your idol, Don the Con, is also an accomplished liar. Sadly, your daughter caught his lying disease. I hope she recovers. You too.

  • James Johnson

    09/05/2022 02:18 PM

    Mike,

    I loved your article on the unions and how they have been warped, twisted, and infiltrated by leftists at the top. They do need help. But what about we retired people? I see very little in the news about how this administration has lowered our standard of living by instituting inflation at a level unseen since Jimmy Carter. I was there, and I remember those years when my grandparents were retired, and my parents had to supplement their income for food and electricity. My mother bought my grandmother a new dress to wear to Church. I remember the look in my grandfather's eyes when he received a gift package from our Church with a carton of cigarettes, two pairs of pants, and a can of shaving creme.

    Well, soon, I'll be looking for some of the same from my granddaughter and daughter. We started our retirement easily, living on Social Security and with sufficient money in savings to last us the rest of our lives. Now, Social Security barely pays for insurance, gas, and groceries. Our savings are worth about half of what they were worth just a year and a half ago. And my children can't keep making the difference because they need it for themselves.

    I believe this administration has damaged us (retirees) more than the unions, who get plenty of money from dues paid by hard-working people. Then they spend it on political policies that inflict the type of pain I have described on their members, especially the retired members.

    James

  • Carol S Stanley

    09/05/2022 02:09 PM

    I started a union job in about 1978. They weren't too bad then. I even became a union steward at their request. I didn't stick with that position (steward) for very long. I found I did not like standing up for co-workers who just refused to do their job. I was in my job there for 28 years. We went from 30 some employees to about 5 and I decided to do something else. The place I worked at and serviced their workers went from about 8 or 9 thousand workers to about a 1000 or less. It was sad to see. I really wish people would want to work and not be babied and controlled by our government. Praying for the good guys.
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  • Keith Nation

    09/05/2022 01:56 PM

    Governor Huckabee I thoroughly enjoyed this article and I have to say that unions were once needed but feel they are a thing of the past such as Jimmy Hoffa. I once was a union worker for a short time as they kept me from working as much as I wanted to do to the fact that everytime someone would get a beef that could have been settled internally it would end up within the union and in a picket line. So after a short 4 years of a job I really enjoyed I moved on to be free of the unions dues and lack of work all for the better. Thank you have a great labor day

  • Steve Hildreth

    09/05/2022 01:06 PM

    Nice take on unions!
    I spent 30+ years in a Pulp and Paper Mill. I was a union member and for several years, an elected Union Officer at the Local level. I was approached to run for office at the Association level but I was approaching retirement and turned down the nomination. That union is the AWPPW, the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers. I was a member of Local 5.
    That said, I was and am politically conservative. The reality is the rank and file union members were pretty evenly split between the Republican and Democratic parties.
    We had true union representation. The Union did it's best to protect the individual worker. The Union spent large sums for legal representation if a grievance went all the way to arbitration. A couple of times that worker was me (settled before arbitration) .
    We also knew we had to make the company more money than we cost them. That attitude was prevalent through out the Union membership and our relationship with the Company was mostly cordial. The Local's President and the Mill manager had an open door policy. We actually ran the Mill without salary supervision on Swingshift, Graveyard and weekends without any issue!
    Our union dues were paid, via payroll deduction to the Local and the Local paid percapita tax to the Association to support the Association. Our Union dues were determined by our Association and the Local's constitutions, meaning any change to dues rates was approved by membership vote.
    Officers at the Local level and Association level were elected by the Union membership. We had no appointed positions!
    The Union supported the Democratic party because the "D's" supported labor, in voice only. We shut down machines and lost a major portion of our labor force through liberal environmental regulations.
    AWPPW is the way Unions should be organized and operate. I am proud to have been a Union member. I just wish, politically, the Union had been nonpartisan.

  • Donna Childress

    09/05/2022 11:53 AM

    In rudimentary formation, unions were beneficial for worker protection. Like all things socialist, there was a plan, based on Marxist plans, and "rule book for revolutionaries" the bible of american socialism, took hold....how do we stop 60 or so years of indoctrination, insidiously implanted over decades?

    Please update on the Durham trials, and the Clinton, Biden, Pelosi, crooks, et. al,
    Will anything ever be done. The DemoRats have succeeded again, with the faux jan 6 hearing, and now turning the media and dubious voters attention to MirALago