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Is Ron Paul Against Unions?
Spun Stories and Twisted Tales
I have always kind of favored Ron Paul, even though I haven't solidified whether or not I would vote for him over anyone else who may pop up in the elections. So in an effort to help figure out what's what, and to seed out the information from the disinfo, I have been keeping track of Ron Paul and his campaign. As well as the campaigns against him.
Recently, a rumor has started to circulate that although Ron Paul is good on just about every issue, he is "against labor unions", and this has become a source of great discouragement for many who would otherwise vote for him. So in an effort to get through these twisted tales and spun stories, I felt it would be good for us to explore Ron Paul's position on labor unions, and see what's really going on.
Is Ron Paul against labor unions?
The truth is that Ron Paul is not against labor unions. Clearly he personally has a distaste for labor unions, but he has made it clear that he politically opposes federal government regulation and control with labor unions, which has monkey'd with the system. Instead of allowing the open and free competition between businesses, employees and states, the federal government has made it so that unions are monopolized by their leaders. Not to mention, most labor unions are self defeating and the workers don't get the same representation or benefits they wanted when they signed up in the first place.
Ron Paul's main stance on labor unions, which follows in line with nearly everything else, is that it should be regulated and organized by the states. The constitution never enumerated that the federal government should have any power over labor unions, and not even the commerce clause can make it so. Paul believes that the states and the people should have the ultimate power over unions.
So how did this rumor start?
Next to immigrants and minorities, labor union members are one of the largest voting groups out there today (at least in the eyes of politicians). So it's not hard to see that Ron Paul's position that the federal government keep it's hands off labor unions, could really hurt Big Government.
If people learned the truth, that labor unions really only benefit union leaders and corporations. That they don't truly create or improve jobs, then they might stop voting for candidates that say they are pro federal handling of unions. People might wake up and realize that the only way to benefit from a labor union, is if it is independent from the federal government and run by the people that it sets out to help. If people did this, the federal government could kiss it's labor union income and votes goodbye. And they certainly don't want that.
So between random bloggers who spun stories of Ron Paul's labor stance, and obvious slander campaigns pushed by democrats and republicans alike, it's not hard to see how or why this rumor got started.