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Right to work: Michigan's epiphany

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Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 8:53 p.m.
 

The most shocking thing about Michigan's right-to-work law isn't the law itself but the outright lies the Obama administration, led by the president himself, has been telling about it.

The new law ends the days when organized labor can force you to join a union as a condition of employment, shake you down for the “privilege” — unions call this “paying dues” — then essentially grease the palms of their favorite pols in self-dealing tributes to power preservation. So much for freedom of association. The Great Lakes State is the 24th to avail itself of this provision of 1947's Taft-Hartley Act.

But President Obama, ever the demagogue of dishonesty, took to the stump Monday in Redford, Mich., claiming the measure takes “away your right to bargain for better wages and working conditions.” That's a shameful lie from a shameless president who regularly affirms his shamelessness with such deceit.

And despite the blinders worn by so many, the evidence is clear that right-to-work laws benefit companies, their employees and their states' coffers.

The Wall Street Journal, citing a variety of sources, says that of 10 states with the highest rate of personal income growth, eight have right-to-work laws. Additionally, right-to-work states “are driving a net migration from forced-union states,” The Journal says. Which is good for the respective states' tax swags.

And the proof is in Michigan's rancid pudding — its compulsory unionism has preserved a long-running economic mess featuring an abysmal unemployment rate and lousy income growth.

So, here's to No. 24. And here's to No. 25 not being far behind.

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