A new bill in Congress could be the single biggest political reform in 60 years, without adding a single word to federal law.
The National Right to Work Act, introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), repeals outdated rules allowing union bosses to have workers fired or denied a job if they do not wish to join or financially support a union.
And it could destroy the Democratic Party forever.
Currently, 28 states have their own version of Right to Work, with Missouri adopting the law this week.
It’s a simple reform, and one supported by 79 to 81 percent of Americans.
And it has Democratic Party bosses in a frothing rage.
Right to Work means more jobs, at higher pay, for all Americans.
Between 2002 and 2012, “private sector payroll employment in Right to Work states grew by 6.4%.
Meanwhile, forced-unionism states experienced a paltry 0.4% overall increase,” the National Right to Work Committee reported.
Despite the fact Right to Work laws mean more jobs and higher pay, union bosses oppose them because it denies them the ability to force workers to finance their political operations.
“The weighted average adjusted household income in [metropolitan areas] in Right to Work states is $50,571; the weighted average adjusted household income in [metropolitan areas] in forced-unionism states is $46,313,” reported University of Colorado economist Dr. Barry W. Poulson.
That’s because, without the ability to force workers to join the union, union bosses must actually earn their support. Even a majority of union members support Right to Work because it makes their union bosses accountable.
Right to Work also creates jobs by taking away the power of union bosses to confiscate money from workers’ paychecks to finance the election of anti-growth politicians.
A majority of union funds come from workers who must pay the cash or else lose their jobs. Making union membership voluntary, and therefore requiring the union to provide a useful service, means union bosses would lose millions of dollars spent on their plush salaries and massive amounts of political spending.
“Federal reports show that, in 2009 and 2010, Big Labor contributed $58.9 million in cash to federal candidates and another $61.7 million to Big Labor-affiliated Section 527 groups (which replaced contributions to national party committees banned by the 2002 McCain-Feingold Act),” the National Right to Work Committee reported.
“Big Labor’s officially acknowledged campaign expenditures represent just the tip of the iceberg of union electioneering, as pro-forced-unionism commentator Jon Tasini, a union consultant, and former union official, acknowledged in a February 20, 2005, op-ed for the Los Angeles Times,” the Committee reported. “Mr. Tasini reported that several ‘union political experts’ had admitted to him that ‘unions spend seven to ten times what they give candidates and parties on internal political mobilization.’”
“So,” wrote Mr. Tasini, “we’re talking $8 billion to as much as $12 billion on federal elections alone” between 1979 and 2004.”
And that’s why the Democratic Party machine is pulling out all the stops to kill the Right to Work bill. For all their talk of “getting money out of politics”, money forcibly confiscated from Americans’ paychecks under the threat of losing a job is liberalism’s single biggest source of political cash.
So far, they’ve been successful in bullying Republicans into not passing the National Right to Work Act, despite the 79 to 81 percent support for it.
From 2003 to 2007, Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and the Presidency.
They never passed the National Right to Work Act, fearing attacks – both political and physical – from union mobs.
Will President Donald Trump stiffen the spines of Republicans?
He could deliver a fatal blow to the liberal political machine, unify the Republican Party, and spark an economic rebirth by demanding Congress send the bill to his desk immediately.