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I will try to be as simple as I can be:

Economics: The study of the distribution of scarce resources with alternate uses.

So, I am sitting reading the Internet today and come across this gem.

Some highlights:

  1. Allow the Governor to ration gas in similar situations.
  2. Allow the Governor to freeze fuel prices.

Look, this is simple.  Gas is a thing that if people were able to obtain for free, would soon run out; we wouldn’t have enough to go around.  So we have to ration it.  Today, we do this using money; as the price goes up, yuou may trend to use less, as the price goes down, you will tend to use more.  Now, what the government wants to do is end the normal market method of rationing it and put it into the hands of elected officials who have almost zero ability to have a complete understanding of the market forces.

The result will be predictable:  Lines.

Certainly this last election was troubling for me here in Carolina.  We saw all the obvious, no need to rehash that here and now.  However, upon further reflection, I am perhaps most troubled by the increased influence of the labor movement here in North Carolina.  As a transplant, my history of struggles between the state and the unions is incomplete, but I understand that it has been brutal at times and even bloody.

Be that as it may, the impact of labor unions on the economic health of a state is dramatic and obvious.  And as the economic health goes, so goes the health of that state in general.  This includes the ability to create jobs, to keep those jobs, to balancing the budget and creating an environment that allows general and overall growth of that state.

This afternoon I came across this entry from Carpe Diem.  In it, Perry is showing that the highest ranking states in the “Economic Outlook Rankings” are almost all Right to Work states while the lowest are not.  Further, the net migration numbers are showing that people are leaving those Union Friendly states in droves.  And where are they moving to?  You got, Right to Work states.

But this is not news, it is just demonstrating what we really, already know.  That unions destroy economic progress.  And people, knowingly or not, vote with their feet and simply leave.  And typically, those that CAN leave are the ones that DO leave resulting in a continued downward spiral.  For example, see California:

California, which once lured Americans from near and far, is now driving out millions of the most productive residents – including high percentages of the most affluent.

“When California faced a Mount Everest-sized $14 billion deficit in 2003, one of the major causes for the red ink was the stampede of millionaire households from the state,” says a report called “Rich States, Poor States” by economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore. “Out of the 25,000 or so seven-figure-income families, more than 5,000 left in the early 2000s, and the loss of their tax payments accounted for about half the budget hole.”

So this is what has me concerned about this past year’s election; the increased influence of the labor movement.  And here is why:

Big Labor’s Top Ten Special Privileges

1.  Exemption from prosecution for union violence.
2.  Exemption from anti-monopoly laws.
3.  Power to force employees to accept unwanted union representation.
4.  Power to collect forced union dues.
5.  Unlimited, undisclosed electioneering.
6.  Ability to strong-arm employers into negotiations.
7.  Right to trespass on an employer’s private property.
8.  Ability of strikers to keep jobs despite refusing to work.
9.  Union-only cartels on construction projects.
10. Government funding of forced unionism.

Just take a look at this list.  While I always have had a good healthy distrust and dislike for Unions, I have never seen it laid out bare like this.  Not ONE of these things even passes the basic sniff test.  Now don’t get me wrong, I fully support the right of worker or workers to “unite” in their common goal to approach management and offer a bargaining position.  What I do not support, is this legal mandate that exists that offers this kind of protection to a single organization.

And this is what scares me.

Update to an earlier post.

This is exactly what I am talking about when it comes to this whole transportation thing:

Here Durham is guilty:

DATA was supposed to open its $17.6 million Durham Station Transportation Center in February. But now, the new center, located at the old Heart of Durham Hotel site on Chapel Hill Street, will not be open until the middle of March, according Ieshia Robertson, a city spokeswoman.

And to clarify any b lame:

Robertson said the actual facility will be completed on time, but N.C. Department of Transportation is requiring the city to do some work on the surrounding streets.

Look, I know that we want mass transit to succeed.  But it won’t.  Not here, not now.

Having been recently sworn in, the Govna is faced with a budget shortfall of nearly 3 billion bucks.  This on a total nut of 21.5 billion.  We are currently budgeted to be just about 10% short.  Now, to be sure, tax revenue is down, how could it not be?  With unemployment at a rate we haven’t seen in quite some time, the state is simply pulling in less money from fewer people.  Understandable.  Same could be said for corporate and sales tax.  I get it, tax revenue is down.

But serious, 3 billion down?  Where else did we go wrong?  Where are we spending the money that we didn’t have.

The News and Observer reported on this here.  They do a fair job showing the loss of revenue, but come up short on the whole “spending side”.  How are we going to manage our way out of this?