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Say no to labor

MBJ Editorial

Labor unions are the scourge of business in the 21st century. These archaic institutions have outlived their usefulness.

Most workers and most employers know that the best way to do business is with a positive relationship that involves plenty of dialogue. Understanding expectations and fulfilling obligations — by both labor and management, you might say — will lead to a healthy, productive and profitable working organization.

Quite simply, we don’t need any meddling from labor unions, which are more interested in self-preservation for its own sake rather than the interests of its members.

State employees and organized labor staged a parade and rally in Jackson last week urging legislators to create a state labor department.

Their reasoning, and that of Gov. Ronnie Musgrove who supports such a measure, is flawed at best.

A new state department will not streamline workforce training, will not help obtain more federal money and will not improve the business climate of Mississippi. It will create a bureaucratic mess the likes of which we’ve never seen in this state.

The Mississippi business community rallied to defeat labor department legislation last year. We cannot afford to let it slip through during the 2001 session — too much is at stake.

The Republicans’ long national nightmare, also known as the Clinton Administration, leaves Washington in a few days.

A movement is developing which is urging President-elect George W. Bush to pardon America’s favorite Bubba, Bill Clinton, for any wrongdoing he may have committed while occupying the Oval Office. Specifically, lying under oath about the nature of his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Two camps exist on this issue: One says no one, even the President of the United States, is above the law.

True.

The second side says that the country’s had enough; let’s move on.

Also true, and in this case, much more important. Proponents of this argument include former President George Bush and U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), no close friends of Clinton.

Most Americans would view a Clinton indictment from independent counsel Robert Ray’s federal grand jury little more than the continuation of the ugly partisan politics, which have gripped the nation the past decade.

It’s time to move on. We must.

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