In the 21st century, are we still discussing ‘class’?

Listening to senators in Minnesota argue about a bill to let unions try to organize daycare providers in the state is really disappointing. The debate revives and continues the ridiculous notion that citizens should be defined by their economic status, even though in every other way – sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation – there has been a push for decades to view people as equal.

The Senate majority leader, Democrat Tom Bakk of Cook, went so far as to say that his political opponents “just care about the wealthy.” It seems inherent in that statement that Bakk believes wealthy people deserve fewer rights. Although we’re not sure what this has to do with unions at daycares. It reflects, we believe, a “class consciousness” that is a fundamentally flawed way to look at society.

While there may be rich people, poor people and people in the middle class, there is also upward – and downward – mobility in the United States, depending on what one chooses to do in life. Education, initiative, training, risk, investment and other factors propel people up the economic scale. Bad decisions generally move people the other way.

As for the bill to potentially unionize daycares, we don’t understand the push by Democrats, since most daycare providers themselves oppose the measure. While we don’t want to say that unions have no place in society, we believe they are open for criticism. Bakk may see them as helpful, noting that his union card “put food on my family’s table for years.” Unions also inflate wages, stymie change and innovation, and create long-term problems in order to secure short-term payoffs. We suppose the harshest critics would say that unions are greedy and grasping.