Atrios writes about those who complain that the strikers already make “too much.”
Since a lot of white collar workers actually don’t get paid very well, they resent the hell out of the fact that some uneducated lout gets to buy a nicer house than they do. And, thus, we get the out of touch media coverage of the NYC transit strike.
I have a shorter answer for people who resent that people in unions are better paid and get benefits. JOIN A UNION! DUH! Don’t complain that they make good money, DO WHAT THEY DID!
If that hasn’t dawned on you yet then maybe you aren’t smart enough to make a better living.
Meanwhile David Sirota looks at the strike through the eyes of right-wing economic theory and notices the theories don’t seem to apply to working people: Sirotablog: New Yorkers learn a lesson about supply & demand,
You can’t simultaneously argue that the workers are absolutely essential to the city’s way of life, while also arguing that they should accept pension/benefit cuts. Because if something is that “essential” and valuable to you, then you should expect to pay a premium for it.
Let’s put it all in basic supply and demand economics – because that’s what it really is. When a commodity is at a premium or “essential” to the market, the market pays a premium for it. That’s the ethos almost universally venerated by every pundit and mainstream media operation in America – it’s called free market fundamentalism. It’s why oil companies make record profits when oil supplies dwindle, or Apple can charge more for Ipods when there is huge demand for them. When that happens, everyone says hey, that’s just the “invisible hand” of the market. That’s good old American capitalism at work!
But when that “invisible hand” suddenly applies to workers, well, that’s portrayed as treasonous.
JOIN A UNION AND DEMAND BETTER WAGES AND BENEFITS! DUH!