Marshall Keith is a Broadcast Engineer who firmly believes in individual rights, the Constitutional Republic that protects those rights and also believes that this country is moving in a direction that goes against those beliefs. The concept of “greater good” has been used throughout history to strip these rights and has always resulted in a repressive government of “the elite” The free market with guaranteed individual rights is the ultimate level playing field. When you allow businesses or unions or other groups to lobby for protectionist laws we all lose. For example if the government gives priority to minority contracts over who can do the best job for the best price we all loose. The concept was designed to reduce discrimination but actually encourages it through force of law. In my early years I was a college student. The first job I had in my college years was in Mpls,MN at Flour City Architectural Metals a union shop. The suits as the union workers called them wanted some one to clean out the attic. They requisitioned one of the workers for three weeks to clean out the attic so they could use it for a show room. I got the job done in three days. The vice president had requisition me for three weeks and didn’t know what to do with me. He pulled me aside and found out that I was an engineering student and had taken all the math and drafting courses, he created a job for me in the office to work between the draftsmen and the engineers. Of course the union got pissed off. They said promotion was by seniority only, Not whether you were qualified for the job but by seniority. And the job created was not a union job. Well the bottom line is that the union made such a stink that the job was pulled. The next day I was written up three times within two hours by the shop steward. I also was in NROTC and they were not giving scholarships either because of racial quotas. I moved to Wisconsin, even though that was not where I was from, I graduated from there, that is where my parents retired from and there were reciprocity problems between Minnesota and Wisconsin. During that time I worked for the college as a maintenance electrician
on top of my collage courses I took correspondence courses and between my work,correspondence courses and state approved tests I managed to work my way up to master electrician. Then in the late 70’s early 80’s there was a recession. I could not get a job in engineering. I moved to Mpls. because there was a call for electricians. Could I transfer my license. Nope! Could I take a test to get one in Minnesota? Nope! I was sent by the state to the union? They did not recognize the correspondence course that I took, they did not recognize the six years that I put in the industry or the tests that I took in another state. I have no problems with setting minimum standards for a profession. But unions protect years in the union, not what kind of job you do. Unless you have an in you are on a waiting list. The bottom line is I don’t have a problem with unions protecting the workers. But now they are a political entity. With massive political clout. They have been infiltrated by both communist and socialist. Like I said I worked with two unions in my college years. Both times it was not about qualifications,but how many dues you paid over the years@ now back to my old rant!
But when politicians pass laws to protect unions, minorities, cronyism, well then I have a problem. If they would pass a law that you had to hire the best for the price, I would not have a problem. But when you give favoritism to race or unions then you are as guilty as hell. If you can prove that a bid or contract was favoritism at least in the government forum then by all means there should be a lawsuit. But when the government gives preferential treatment to minorities, (doesn’t matter what kind of job they do) Or their union affiliation. The true free market should avail. Not who you know, not what group you are affiliated with but what qualifications you have and what kind of job you can do. Anything else is truly un-American!
You will frequently find me on the Topix Forums under the name of Free_America.
A true Libertarian who enjoys Hunting,Fishing,Scuba Diving and Photography.