Ben Shapiro

Gettelfingers Bailout First strategy essentially turns union members into government workers -- taxpayer money would be paying for those plush benefits. But union bosses are more than OK with that -- after all, they have a cozy relationship with the Democratic Party, which will soon control both houses of Congress and the White House. Unions have ensured that the Obama administration will be friendlier than a tomcat in heat. The UAW leadership unanimously endorsed Obama for president, and the AFL-CIO spent $53.4 million to get him elected.

Obama has already signaled that he plans to strengthen Americas unions by introducing the card check program, which eliminates the secret ballot for workers in any union vote. This essentially allows union thugs to pressure non-union members into approving unions.

The renewed growth of the private sector union spells disaster for American industry. With consumers staying home and product prices dropping rapidly, a free market in labor becomes the most integral element to economic recovery. Companies must cut costs in order to remain in business, providing cheap goods that ramp up demand again. But those cheap goods become unavailable when the cost of labor remains high. And so the companies shut down, and millions of jobs are lost.

Why would the union bosses allow private businesses to go bankrupt? Because they arent uncomfortable with the idea of the government running American businesses. While unions have generally fallen out of favor in the private sector -- only 7.5 percent of private sector workers are unionized -- theyve remained stronger than ever in the public sector, where 35.9 percent of workers were unionized as of 2007. The strongest unions in the country are all public unions, and virtually all of them have earned incredible benefits and quasi-tenure for their members. If private industry is forced to become government industry, the private sector unions wont mind. Theyll simply be negotiating with the bureaucrats they helped elect rather than the management they hate.

America is no longer a nation of Norma Raes. We dont need union heavies breathing down our necks, asking for our protection money while forcing us into the unemployment lines. No one is reverting to the bad old days of child labor and worker maltreatment. Once worker safety has been achieved, the free market must take over, or well all be working for the government. Ben Shapiro, 24, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School. He is the author of the new book "Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House," as well as the national bestseller "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth." To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at COPYRIGHT 2008 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
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