my two cents - okay, maybe a little more...
unions are self-serving - as other posters have noted
at one time, they actually did do some good - i am talking about blue collar folks, not musicians
the unions got corrupted in the 50's - 60's
at one point in our country's history they served a purpose - not anymore
i think people need to read the constitution more - our government is not about socialism - we are a republic, not a democracy, and we aren't a socialist or communist nation...yet...ok - too dramatic, we all know communism doesn't work - great theory, but it doesn't work
nowhere in the constitution does it talk about providing health care, et al. - it does talk about providing for the national defense - what a concept - maybe we need to focus on that???
as for the social ills of our country - pouring money into a situation never works - look at the democratic legacy - education, welfare, etc.
when our country was founded, we relied on family, community and churches for social issues - again, what a concept
most recently, look at the unionized/federal workers of the TSA (oh thank you democrats in congress...) what a joke - these people are morons and we can't fire them, because they are now government workers and protected
again - the problem with government - protected/unionized government workers that cannot be fired, or if they are, it is an amazing feat and takes years! and they will sue the government because they don't deserve to be fired, because they are government workers and they are "hired for life"
now - i know many government workers who actually earn their paychecks and are a credit to the government - but many of them are worthless, and i am helping to pay their salary and their benefits