AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
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If you add up just the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) it adds up to more than any other donor in the nation. This is how they receive such preferential treatment in our nation. These are private political organizations who have managed to coerce the state government to garnish the wages of public employees and fund their political engine. Imagine if to become a garbage collector you had to be a card carrying member of the NRA and the state garnished your pay $1,000 annually and handed it over to that private political group. The idea would likely sound insane, but that is exactly what happens with public unions. The fact that so many people are up in arms over the idea of giving employees the freedom to choose whether they want to be associated with a political organization is ridiculous as far as I'm concerned. In the name of "employee rights" they are trampling on a basic human/American right of freedom of association. It has been going on for so long that people don't even realize what it is they're doing.
The notion that the richest country in the world can't afford to pay working class people normal wages, while we give hundreds of billions or even trillions in tax giveaways to the super rich, is just disgusting. Some people just plain don't have the basic moral values that we should be able to take for granted.
more idiotic class envy nonsense. We don't GIVE the super rich anything. They pay more taxes in a month than all the union members do in a year. We cannot afford to pay 40 dollars an hour for labor when equally skilled Indians, Chinese, or Sri Lankians can do the same job for 15 an hour. Companies that pay overpriced wages lose to those that do not