Yet again an Associated Press story is the muse fo a Parsimony post.Â Â I donâ€™t seek out AP stories, but it often seems like their reporting often shows the bias of the mainstream media.
First the headline (with a link to the original story)â€¦
â€¦Now the story
INDIANAPOLIS – After losing their fight against right-to-work legislation, labor organizers are making a desperate bid on shop room floors and at union halls to persuade members to keep paying their union dues and avoid crippling labor’s influence in Indiana [and all across the country although that has been the trend for more than a decade with decreasing membership in the private sector].
Unions and local Democrat politicians have devised wicked schemes to favor union companies from minimum wage rates, to prevailing wage requirement, to Project Labor Agreements (prevent non-union companies from bidding on publicly funded projects). Allegheny County (Pittsburgh area) has reached a new low with the latest tactic. Rather than their usual playbook favoring union shops, they now are going directly after local businesses that are not unionized.
A had this book a while and thought that it would be a good one to follow The Law by Frederic Bastiat reviewed last week.Â Although published fifteen years ago The Death of Common SenseÂ provides a direct insight into the substitution of common sense for bureaucracy in America.Â Common sense and responsibility is replaced with tens of thousands of pages of rules that promote inaction rather than progress.Â Having worked for many years in government I can attest to the ability of civil servants to skillfully avoid decisions contrary to the letter of the regulation even though they make complete sense.