Yesterday on Fox TV, they showed something about a huge demonstration outside the Michigan Senate. These were union people just trying to shout down the passage of two bills, the Right to Work bills, one for the private and the other for the public sector.
It is argued that where there are no restrictions on people taking up employment on terms that are acceptable to them, exercising their right to take up employment, in those States the average annual wages are higher than those where restrictive union practices prevail. Figures given were $43,000 where unions have the upper hand, $47,000 where each employee decides his own contract offered by the employer. In today's labour market, flexibility and competitiveness are an essential ingredient, and in Guvernor Mitt Romney's home state people would like to exercise that democratic right and have the Bills passed into law and incorporated onto the Statue books.
Vis a vis the public sector, where more recruitment is underway to deliver the Obamacare health regulations and paperwork come 20th January, when Mr Obama gets sworn in once again for his second term, the going rate is said to be around $80,000. This seems very generous compared to the private sector, and perhaps should be revised, so that a healthy competition should exist and helps creation of more jobs, not anger and envy and destruction of jobs.
To the contrary, people thinking about the Obamacare regulations suggest that some of the companies employing 50 staff or more will find the extra bills so onerous that they are thinking of shutting down and making their staff unemployed. That would be a disaster. Surely a measure that is possible is to keep forty-nine employees running the show so that the company does not automatically have to pay into Obamacare, and make one employee either self-employed or unemployed. This will mean good for the majority, and also less drain on the state.
The whole idea of Obamacare is to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable are not counted out of receiving necessary hospital and doctor treatment, to create a more healthy nation, allowing people not to worry when in ill-health and enabling more people to be active and productive, which would create happiness and wealth for the nation.
If the money is wisely spent in creating jobs in the public sector, then perhaps there will be less resistance and anger in the middle class to paying the extra that they are being considered for paying.
Maybe reluctantly, but a household on $250,000 or more will pay $4,000 extra per year if they can see more jobs being created by the state to create worthwhile service to the people.
Just in the way of commentary, I thought I would record my views, and would welcome your views on this. Please point out any errors or ommissions that I may have made.