Congressional Hearings: Class Warfare, Anyone?

By February 1, 2007General

Judging from Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) response to the State of the Union Address last week, it looks like class warfare is an issue that resonates with some Dems. Speaker Pelosi has said she intends to try to unify folks, and we hope she means what she says. Class warfare rhetoric is a good way to divide people, which is not what this country wants at the moment.

So yesterday the House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing on the middle class. Chairman (and anti-democracy card check champion) Rep. George Miller (D-CA) seemed interested in class warfare rhetoric. He featured a bunch of lefties and union members carping about the state of the economy.

However, witness Diana Furchtgott-Roth — former chief economist at the Labor Department — noted, “American labor markets are strong and are the envy of the world.” And she happens to be right. NAM Board member and manufacturer extraordinaire Kellie Johnson also testified on the non-class warfare side of the ledger. She touted the need for a skilled workforce and talked about the great benefits and opportunities available to employees at her company, ACE Clearwater Enterprises in California.

At the end of the day, we must be either a country of despair or a country of hope. One of the great things that George Miller’s fellow Californian, Ronald Reagan, brought to us was an abiding hope for all that’s great in this country. These days, the economy is pretty strong and there is much opportunity. Those who don’t share in it need to be able to find the skills that let them do so. And if they do, they will find great prosperity, many of them on a manufacturing floor. We need to put our energies into making sure all workers have the skills the need, not in fanning the fames of class warfare.

Here’s a link to Kellie Johnson’s testimony and here’s a link to ranking member Buck McKeon’s (R-CA) opening statement.