4. Don't blame unions. States with weak unions have as bad or worse (like Texas) problems than states with strong unions. The main impact that unions have on states is keeping the poverty rate down.
As for destroying the country to consolidate political power, isn't that what the Republicans are doing? Destroying the federal government to get votes? The US Federal government makes success in this country possible, but the Republicans act as if it was the enemy of all things good. Too many people are drinking that kool-aid, ignoring the fact that it's the Republicans who are screwing them over.