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Right-to-work vs. unions: The real fiscal cliff

Michigan has become the 24th right-to-work state in this great nation.

Unions have taken to the streets to protest what seems to be common sense legislation. The legislation in question would make it illegal to require employees to financially support labor unions as a condition of employment. This seems like it's more "for the people" than forcing workers to pay dues, right?

Our Campaigner-in-Chief weighed in on the issue at a rally (Hey, isn't the election over?) in Detroit, "What we shouldn't be doing is try to take away your rights to bargain for better wages or working conditions."

Who exactly are they bargaining with, Mr. President? That's right: the taxpayers, municipalities and states, all of which are flat broke!

This makes Wisconsin's union battle earlier this year look like the first of many dominoes to fall. As states approach their own fiscal cliffs, a simple question is being asked, "What can we afford and what can't we afford?"

If you are a teacher, assembly line worker, police officer or firefighter you have what 17 percent of this country lacks: a good-paying job! So, put down the picket signs, stop complaining and enjoy the benefits of having a good job.

Let us be the first ones to say it, "Unions are driving us straight off of the fiscal cliff."

You may argue that it's due to government spending. Try this on for size: since Obama took office in 2009, the government has hired over 100 employees per day! How are these new public sector union members paid? You guessed it, with our tax dollars.

We are tired of hearing about jobs going overseas. If Mike & Winey were in manufacturing, not radio, we would be manufacturing our products overseas as well. It's not because we are greedy or unpatriotic, it's because unions have driven up the price of manufacturing so greatly that it is completely cost-prohibitive to manufacture anything in the U.S.!

It's time to wake up America. The only people who support unions are those in unions and those who depend on union members to get elected. Let's get back to hard work equaling good pay, jobs for those who earn them and good ‘ol fashioned meritocracy!

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