By Ron Paul
In a free society, labor has the absolute right to organize, talk, work, and have tough negotiations with the businessman in a free market. But they also have to prove themselves. The unions have to prove they are good organizations that can produce productive workers. Believe me, if there’s a productive society the laborer is going to do well.
A lot of people have long thought we should put restraints on organized labor in order to curtail the power that they have been given. But free markets and voluntary associations can go a long way to solving this problem. Get rid of all the price controls on money and wages. They produce a mess that distorts things and creates even more poor people.
Right now I see a tremendous number of people (94 million) out of the work force. If you look at the government statistics, unemployment is only 5.1 percent! But you can’t fool people forever.
John Williams at ShadowStats says that the unemployment rate is really 23-24 percent. Even a government measurement of unemployment says that it’s 10 percent. The official unemployment rate has become like the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) -- it means nothing.
But the people are angry and disgruntled. The presidential campaign this year is different than ever before. As I have said, people vote from their bellies. The people are angry, upset, and fearful. They know they are being lied to. I’m just afraid they’ll ask for more government, rather than recognizing that government itself has been the problem.
The solution can be found in the principles of Liberty. That’s what we should be working for.
Thank you and be sure to tune in to tomorrow’s Liberty Report!