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It's Easy for George McGovern to Praise Wal-Mart and Bash Unions

by Christopher Chantrill
May 22, 2006 at 11:17 am

GOOD OLD LIBERAL George McGovern can easily afford to praise Wal-Mart. He can praise if for its low prices. He san say that if you take the $27 million that Wal-Mart’s CEO took home and gave it to the hourly workers, that would only add up to $20.

The trouble is that “More” became “Too Much.” Look at parts marker Delphi. Delphi is in trouble, he writes.

One big reason is that the company's unionized workers earn $64 an hour in wages and benefits — more than twice what some of its competitors pay.

Of course, it’s easy for him to talk. He’s a Democrat-emeritus. He’s not running for anything. But still. Somebody has to say this sort of thing, and it might as well be George McGovern, the founder of the McGovern wing of the Democratic Party. But here’s the money graf.

Universal healthcare provided by the federal government is one way to supplement income. It is also a way of relieving hard-pressed businesses of one of their highest cost burdens.

You can see where this is going. Bail out the auto companies with national health insurance. But let us get back to the high ground.

“Liberals,” he writes, “must never abandon their core principles of justice and equality.”

We can all agree on that. And how about starting with the unjust and inegalitarian fact that liberal Democrat union members working for state and local governments earn about 40-50 percent more than comparable workers in the private sector?

Where’s the justice in that?

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Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.  His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.


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