When you pledge to “Make America Great Again,” bigshots who don’t have U.S. interests in mind might be your loudest critics.
That’s what Donald Trump just found out in Davos, Switzerland, where he’s attending the much-publicized World Economic Forum.
It’s no secret that powerful unions are often at odds with low-regulation conservatives… and the groups perhaps most opposed to letting America’s free market thrive are syndicates in other countries that are competing with the United States.
The boss of a union opposed to Trump’s pro-growth plans just got into a verbal fight on the Fox Business Network, but hosts Maria Bartiromo and Dagen McDowell quickly hit him with a dose of reality.
“(Philip) Jennings, general secretary of UNI Global Union, argued that Trump has not been doing enough for workers because he is hampering regulations that union advocates pushed through during the previous administration,” The Daily Caller reported.
UNI is an umbrella group of unions around the world, and is based in Switzerland.
Jennings began by parroting a worn-out cliche that unions have been repeating for decades.
“He’s stacking the odds against working people coming together and getting a collective voice,” the European-born union boss whined about Trump.
That’s where Maria Bartiromo jumped in and pointed out that contrary to that claim, Donald Trump won the presidency largely by appealing to working-class Americans.
“His whole theme has been getting to the forgotten man and woman,” she reminded Jennings.
Fox’s Dagen McDowell agreed. “The theme during the election was those very union members in the Midwest who came out and voted for President Trump.”
She’s right: Pundits were stunned when traditionally union-heavy states like Michigan went red for Trump in the 2016 election, after decades of being “safe” Democrat territory.
“And herein lies one of the messaging problems when someone like Philip talks about workers… well the only good job to him is a union job where you collect dues and then funnel that hard-earned money to political campaigns,” McDowell continued. “That’s why that message doesn’t resonate with people.”
She was referring, of course, to the trend in the U.S. and around the world for unions to act as political cartels, where workers are forced to join and pay union dues if they want the job — even if they don’t agree with the union’s politics.
Luckily, that trend has finally been reversed in America with “right to work” laws allowing employees to hold jobs without being forced to join a union… and pro-worker, anti-union states have begun to finally thrive as a result.
For example, wages rose and unemployment went down in Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin after all three states passed right to work legislation. “Michigan stands out in particular, because the unemployment rate has fallen by 4.8 percentage points since Michigan’s RTW law went into effect,” the Washington Examiner reported.
That’s great for Americans but bad for power-hungry union bosses like Philip Jennings.
“Stop this demonizing of the trade union movement,” Jennings nearly yelled at the Fox Business hosts. “Stop it. It just shows your ignorance of what it is we do, and how we try to lift all boats.”
“Stop demonizing American workers who don’t belong to unions who are happy in their jobs,” McDowell shot back.
Flustered, Jennings pivoted to attacking tax cuts, and tried to wheel out the tired claim that the new Republican tax law would mostly help the “top one percent.”
“That is absolutely not true,” Bartiromo said. “I cannot have you spew lies on this program. That is not the truth, everybody got a tax cut.”
“And there are the rich that are actually facing higher taxes those who are losing their (state and local tax) deduction. Those are people who are finding higher taxes, the majority of Americans are seeing a tax cut,” she explained.
Individuals are discovering that they don’t need archaic, cartel-like unions in order to have a voice in the modern economy. They’re noticing that workers actually thrive when centralized syndicates stop demanding dues and get out of the way.
People are discovering that economic freedom works… and old-school power brokers like Jennings are right to be afraid. America is moving forward, and arrogant union bureaucrats are being left behind.
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