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RomneyBot Goes Wild – Attacks Unions

May 11, 2012

Mitt Romney is not known for his stirring stump speech, his ability to speak coherently off-the-cuff, or his capacity to move an audience. Perhaps this is why he seems to now be channeling the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the rest of the right-wing scare crew.



(Honestly, I think Mitt’s embarrassed to be spitting this stuff out. Instead of sounding angry, riled up, or even like he really believes what he’s saying, he just sounds sad.) But let’s take him at his word: he believes in the basics of this line. He believes that for the United States to compete economically with China and other emerging markets, we must do business the way they do. That means no unions, low wages, low benefits, no regulations on business, no worker protections, no health or  environmental protections, and of course, low, low taxes on the rich.

To many, this Republican prescription for what ails us makes sense. China’s growing; we want to grow; ergo, we should be more like China!

Logical fallacies aside, there’s a very good reason we don’t want or need to be more like China: the United States is a supposedly grown-up democracy where We the People are supposed to matter. The Common Good and providing for the General Welfare are enshrined in our Constitution. Or, as Campaign For America’s Future’s Dave Johnson  so eloquently explains:

Here’s the thing, in countries like China the people don’t have a say. When people have a say they say that they want higher wages, benefits, good schools, environmental protections and the rest of the prosperity that democracy brings to all the people, instead of huge amounts accumulating in the hands of just a few people.
Romney’s argument that unions “contributed to disappearing companies, disappearing industries and disappearing jobs” is based on the idea that unions drove wages and benefits up. He believes that good wages and benefits — namely US — are a “cost” instead of the reason that We, the People decided to develop the body of laws that allow corporations to exist, to use our infrastructure and educated people and laws and courts and police and all the other “public structures” as a foundation for doing business. We, the People did that so that we — all of us — could benefit. All of us, not just a few of us.

People like Mitt Romney will tell you that the Constitution “doesn’t guarantee equal outcomes – only equal opportunity.” The thing is, unions are one of the things that help to provide that opportunity for millions of American families. Unions, in fact, are the embodiment of the American experiment – it is We the People working together to overcome the tyranny of the powerful few. That, my friends, is freedom.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2012 11:26 am

    Reblogged this on Leaning Left.

  2. May 11, 2012 10:21 am

    Another reason not to play ball China’s way is that several forecasters see a bubble burst in China within the next year.

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