I just finished a conversation with my Roomie today with regard to this Robert A. Heinlein (PBUH) concept. There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
Someone always pays.
Perhaps if capitalists who ran businesses were painted as helping their employees by providing jobs and benefits (or not), instead of evil rich robber barons praying on the poor, this concept would be more widely accepted.
I recognize in today’s United States, some folks have little choice on where to work or for what wage. And relocating may not be a viable option. There are company towns. This is why unions developed.
But now, unions cost the workers (much as the robber barons did) and cost their employees jobs, or even careers (witness Hostess), while the companies go bankrupt and the union bosses get richer.
And card check deprives the union member of a secret vote, allowing undue influence and/or coercion to influence union votes.
It’s funny how the Internet weaves it’s news so some folks blame management for a business’ demise (by not knuckling-under to union demands), other folks blame the unions (the rank-and-file. translation: class warfare). And some folks blame the union bosses.
And now it’s reported a Mexican baking concern may take over this confection bakery business. Think of it – no HFCS, no GMO, no unions, cheap labor, jobs for the poor. And free market/free trade in action. And El Twinkies return!
Of course, fewer jobs here…