Star Parker

But the natural alliance of government monopoly power and union power has grown through government workers’ unions. This perversity too is now tottering as government unions use the force model to enrich themselves at the direct expense of taxpayers to the point of bankrupting us all.

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, argues the opposite in a Wall Street Journal opinion column. He extols the culture of force and claims that it is “un-American” to limit the ability of unionized government workers to collectively bargain.

But where does he turn to as his source for the “right” to collectively bargain? Certainly not the American Declaration of Independence. He cites the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Yes, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which makes no reference to God. Yes, the United Nations, whose Human Rights Council includes China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and included, until just recently, Libya.

This is the vision of freedom – power, force, and materialism - that inspires today’s union movement.

This is the disease that pretends to be the cure. Fortunately, its days are numbered.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.