President forms Middle Class Working Families Task Force
Headed by Joe Biden:
I'm a bit ambivalent about this one; I agree that the middle class needs to be strengthened but I'm really suspicious about all of the pro-union rhetoric here. It leaves me with an overall negative feeling towards the whole thing, but as with other things I'll take a wait-and-see attitude.
I take the strongest exception to the following comment by the President:
I also believe that we have to reverse many of the policies towards organized labor that we've seen these last eight years, policies with which I've sharply disagreed. I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem, to me it's part of the solution. (Applause.) We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests, because we know that you cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement. We know that strong, vibrant, growing unions can exist side by side with strong, vibrant and growing businesses. This isn't a either/or proposition between the interests of workers and the interests of shareholders. That's the old argument. The new argument is that the American economy is not and has never been a zero-sum game. When workers are prospering, they buy products that make businesses prosper. We can be competitive and lean and mean and still create a situation where workers are thriving in this country.
I disagree with the President that Unions being part of the problem is the old argument. I submit that Unions being the solution is the old argument. While I recognize the historical contributions that unions have made, I think that their purpose is to erect even more barriers to workers getting jobs in the fields of their choice.
And I also disagree with the VP that there "would be no middle class were there not a[sic] organized labor movement 150 years ago". We had a middle class before the labor movement and I'm sure that we would still have one today even if unions no longer existed.
That's the last thing we need -- another bureauocracy between the American worker and advancement.
However, the article mentions other comments by Biden which I do agree with. Just so y'all don't think that I'm a complete tool:
We'll be looking at everything from access to college at the Department of Education, to business development at the Department of Commerce, to child care and elder care with Health and Human -- excuse me, Health and Human Services, to restoring the balance in the workplace with the Department of Labor, and restoring labor's place with the Department of Labor.
Now, this is the key to social mobility and a strong middle class: education. Nothing else even compares.
Plus it will be interesting to see if anything is done with the SBA, another key player in creating a strong middle class.