Card Check: Slurring the Corporations

By July 6, 2007Labor Unions

Denver radio talk show host Mike Rosen can sure let it rip. Thankfully, his ripping today is a critical analysis of the politics and rhetoric behind the benighted Employee Free Choice Act. Most of the critique will be familiar to those who have followed the card-check debate, but Rosen also returns to a basic statement of facts and principle that get overlooked in the insult-laden debate. From “ROSEN: Coercion still on the table“:

A recent belligerent letter to the editor perfectly reflected the self-destructive union mentality of entitlement, victimization and antagonism. Included in his litany of standard anti-business cliches, the writer seethed with resentment at “rich corporations.”

Let’s break that down into its two parts: 1. rich and 2. corporations.

Rich is the easy and obvious part to deal with. Would this resentful unionist be better off working for a poor corporation, one on the brink of bankruptcy? The corporation part is just a slur when tossed out by those with an anti-capitalist mentality. In fact, incorporation is a generic term, just another way of structuring a company legally and financially, providing limited liability for managers, directors and stockholders and prescribing how the company files its financial reports and tax returns. There’s nothing inherently evil about this. A business enterprise may just as well be structured as a partnership or sole proprietorship.

As the headline indicates, this year was just a dry run, Rosen reminds us. Card check returns in 2008 elections.

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