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Posted on December 15, 2012

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RIGHT-TO-WORK HURTS MIDDLE CLASS

Advocates are lauding the passage of right-to-work legislation in Michigan as “a turning point for economic health.”

Good luck with that. The fact is in that states with right- to -work laws, wages are lower. And there are 24 right-to-work states where facts are available.

Low prices achieved via subsistence wages create a majority with less buying power, even with those lower prices. Neither our consumer economy nor the majority’s standard of living can improve under this model.

The rise of unions tracks perfectly with the rise of of a prosperous middle class and their decline tracks just as perfectly with middle class losses.

Missouri would be a right-to-work state of the Republican controlled General Assembly had its way, but Gov. Jay Nixon would veto such a bill. The Republicans do not have enough votes to override the Governor’s veto.

Corporations have been moving out of the Kansas City, MO area into Kansas because of lower wages and incentives. Kansas City wants to stop that movement as soon as possible.

Years ago we moved into both adults in a family working in order to make a living. Working families need to be able to support the family and educate their children. In right-to-work states this will be very difficult to do. The middle class slips on down the economic ladder.

It’s long past time for the 98 percent to stop buying into discredited polices that have never delivered the promised results.

We need to learn something from the example of Charlie Brown, Lucy and her football.

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