Expect a lot more articles like the following Detroit News Politics Blog post. Articles extolling the virtues of unions now that Detroit has fallen off the cliff into bankruptcy, exposing the results from the Democrat / Progressive Liberal / Union agenda:
Of course, no amount of productivity enhancement could dissuade the private sector from decades of attacking workers’ rights for the sake of greater profits. Rick Snyder loves to talk about how Michigan (and Detroit) have been in decline since the 1960s. But as Michigan has declined, in tandem with the American middle class, union membership has collapsed. The funny thing about Detroit’s glory days is that they coincided with a time when nearly half of working Michiganians were union members.
Where to begin, where to begin…
First, the off-cited claim evil corporations are squeezing the poor workers in a never ending chase for increased profits. Did you know, last year Ford averaged $3,533 per-vehicle profit before taxes?
Ford’s pretax profit per vehicle reached $3,533 in the third quarter, which is probably a record, Shanks said. Consumers on average paid $700 more per vehicle in the third quarter over the year-earlier period, he said.
That might sound like a lot of money, however based on the billions of dollars they spend bringing a vehicle to market, the Return On Investment (or ROI) isn’t something to write home about.
Next, the claim that Michigan’s middle class ‘declined’ as union membership declined is, to put it mildly, a fantasy.
You will note in the above graph that Michigan’s per-capita income only began to significantly diverge from the national average at the beginning of Jennifer Granholm’s eight year reign of economic terror.
Lastly, our Detroit News progressive’s corporation bashing reminds me of a funny picture floating around the internet during the Occupy Wall Street temper tantrum:
All those evil corporations providing products and services we couldn’t make ourselves.