To the editor:
Gov. Branstad is trying to save the state from disaster with little cooperation. I was working under the union in 1946, 1947 and 1948 and I know that if some of those people lived in Russia, they would shut up and go to work. The nation's unions, led by the Democrats, have priced this nation out of most world markets.
I started working in town for 30 cents per hour, when I started electrical work, it was a simple 66 cents. I know that did not buy much, but there was very little available. I watched as the United Auto Workers forced the prices up on new cars. The workers did not gain, only the unions, but they caused inflation that made products from the USA to be priced above the rest of the world.
When you are busy and draw a good living, is that good or bad? Inflation kills the creativity that created the advanced products that advance the world. Most company managers wanted to pay a fair wage, unions do not allow that, everyone must be equal. People are not equal, never.
I created several mechanical devices that advanced the world. By the 1960s the government was causing more and more restrictions, that caused inflation. There are two roadblocks to improving the economy. Government and unions. The problem is very prevalent in schools, teachers that are half as good as some others. The students suffer, not the teachers, I had some of those. If the world had any brains, they would attempt to find a way to evaluate the workers, then pay them what they are worth. No two people are the same, pay fair. Danny Homan says the union deserves respect. You must earn respect. That is not to be handed out for lazy workers.
Glenn L. Smith