Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) has deployed up to 250 National Guard members to drive students to and from school to address the lack of staff. One wonders why the Tea Party, MAGA, Free Market, Republicans are are so quiet over this. In a free market, anyone who needs a bus driver would simply have to increase their wage offer until “the market” decided what a fair market price is, you know, the old “supply and demand” thing, eh? For decades, we’ve watched blue collar wages stall and the typical Republican response has been, “Well, that’s just the free market!” Now that the same market might help the blue collar workers, it’s time to “send in the troops” according to Mr. Baker and state Republicans.
For that matter, where are Democrats in the state, defending labor? How is it fair to labor if the State deliberately interferes with employer/employee relations and sends in government troops to help employers who refuse to pay a fair and open negotiated wage with labor?
My hunch is that if the government troops being sent in were filling roles previously filled by the college educated or jobs seen as “skilled” by the college educated, there would be some dissent from party leaders. As it stands, there is nary a peep from the “pro-labor” Dems….