I suppose the hysterical ‘pundits’ now know exactly what a steel reinforced aluminum can filled with Dimicco Special Edition Ass Whup feels like. Watching the talking heads twisting themselves into pretzels trying to make the tariffs evil was something to behold. Mr. Dimicco landed some very strategic punches and I found myself thinking ‘oh that’s gonna leave a mark’.
“Don’t know whether to give them an aspirin or an Oscar” came to mind. Although the third option – give them the boot – actually emerged as the best answer.
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Howbout we jump into that WAYBAC machine again ang go back to the days when unions ownd the Democratic Party. The Japanese were going full bore to modernize their steel mills, going from 19th century technology to the latest in furnace technology. The US steel mills were going to modernize but the unions objected, many of the furnaces had to be managed through manual labor while the newer ones were highly automated. So while the unions haggled and dragged the modernization to an almost standstill Japan and Korea were upgrading their mills and providing US users with a cheaper product. Won’t even get into OSHA’s part in this.
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Not to mention what the unions did to the auto industry. The auto executives didn’t do a lot right, either.
What the unions did to EVERYTHING.
I have repeated, and will continue to repeat, what my mother told me about the beginnings of the UAW in Detroit. She, and many of my relatives, worked in auto plants in the 1930’s and 1940’s. She said that thugs came through the plant and told them to sit down “or else”. Workers who didn’t comply were punished. She said that the union was run by crooks and thugs.
My grandmother in Connecticut worked in the textile mills and when the unions moved in many of the workers, mostly old country, refused to join as they knew that their output determined their wages, it was that simple. The unions threw up picket lines as a stop-work measure and attacked the worksers crossing the line. When she and about six other workers tried to get through the lines in a car they stopped it and tried to turn the car over. The men and the women in the car got out and attacked the attackers and a lot of the people who wouldn’t cross the line joined in with those attacking the union thugs.
The unions eventually won, with union violence the ends justify the means, but the mills just packed up and moved to the Midsouth where they enjoyed a happy iife until Latin America and Asia offered a cheaper workforce.
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