Another must read “Best of the Web Today” from James Taranto:
To make sense of what’s going on in Wisconsin, it helps to understand that the left in America lives in an ideological fantasy world. The dispute between the state government and the unions representing its employees is “about power,” Paul Krugman of the New York Times observes accurately, before going off the rails:
What [Gov. Scott] Walker and his backers are trying to do is to make Wisconsin–and eventually, America–less of a functioning democracy and more of a third-world-style oligarchy. And that’s why anyone who believes that we need some counterweight to the political power of big money should be on the demonstrators’ side.
What an idiot is this Nobel Prize winner, Krugman. Anyone who thinks the corporatist whores need to be balanced by public sector unions has made (at least) two serious errors.
One, many corporations, particularly large corporations, pander for government favors, like GE under Immelt. They cooperate enthusiastically with government restrictions on speech and promote privacy invasion, like Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page (whose motto should be stated – “Don’t do anything doubleplus ungood.”). They promote regulatory regimes calculated to damage their competitors; again see GE and Google – and don’t forget Big Pharma’s deals to secure Obamacare.
Mostly, that’s “mere” regulatory interference. The regulatory costs are greater (in treasure and in moral erosion), but less obvious than the TARP-based looting on behalf of the bankers, insurance companies and car makers which woke many people up.
We’re pissed at “big corporate money” for EXACTLY the same reason we’re pissed at public sector unions. Neither has any regard for the people paying for their privilege. The common, enabling element is Big Government, without which neither Immelt nor Stern could get away with their scams. Krugman would have us pit GE’s CEO, Immelt, against SEIU’s President-for-Life Stern. I have no idea how he makes this determination, but I think Immelt is more despicable. Andy Stern never pretended he considered capitalism to be a good idea.
Two, public sector unions are part and parcel of the corporatist axis. They certainly are no counterweight. More “green” jobs means more tax-breaks to administer and more money to control. More taxes, and remember corporations don’t pay them, means more in salaries and benefits for public sector union employees. More taxes means more movie, battery, ethanol, windmill and tourism advertising subsidies – and more public sector jobs to administer the loot.
Finally, on the intent of Krugman’s argument: That it is evil, self-interested capitalists behind the critique of public sector unions – we need to assert that no one may be called a capitalist who does not believe in free markets. Capitalists do not seek advantage by manipulating government regulation. They do not take bailouts. They do not attempt to subvert Constitutional protections for their own amusement. No, those are Fascists.
And we should remind him that FDR said much the same thing. He opposed public sector unions.