In recent years, however, the Southern labor system has begun to move north. As Wal-Mart has evolved from an Ozark discount chain to the nation’s largest private-sector employer, it has brought its everyday low wages and ferocious anti-unionism to every one of its outlets. Meanwhile, the transformation of the Republican Party into an organization based in and dominated by the white South has turned Northern Republicans more anti-union. Since right-wing Republicans took control of Indiana and Michigan in the 2010 elections, for example, both have passed right-to-work laws.
Even by the standards of the craven, screed-vending WaPo, this [Harold Myerson screed] is amazing.
Look, y’all: we tried to leave. You wouldn’t let us. We tried and TRIED to leave. ‘Til Stoneman’s cavalry* came, and tore up the tracks again… Now I don’t mind choppin’ wood, and I don’t care if the money’s no good. Take what you need and leave the rest, But they should never have taken the very best. You had your chance, ya Yankee S.O.B. Now you are stuck with us.
Amazing Op-Ed in WAPO (emphasis added)
See also: Detroit
Unfortunately, it seems that the future Aldous Huxley predicted in 1932, in Brave New World, is arriving early. Mockery, truculence, and minimalist living are best, then enjoy the decline. However, we do need a Revolving Door Tax (RDT), learn what Members of Congress pay in taxes, and prosecute politicians and staff and their “family and friends” who profit from insider trading. Oh, and pay “public servants” what they are worth.