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What Policies Really Promote Growth in a State?

Tennessee Democrat Jimmy Naifeh, and some GOP House members who seem to have not received the memo that Naifeh is no longer Speaker, attached a poison pill amendment to a House bill last week that would have amended the Tennessee Constitution to forever do away with the possibility of a state income tax.

The TEA, supported by their Labor brothers from a variety of different unions, gathered at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza three weeks ago to tell anyone who would listen that ending Collective Bargaining rights for teachers and public sector unions wasn’t just bad for teachers, it was bad for Tennessee.

In the last month, Tennessee skirmishes have begun in the larger battle for the interests of workers involving a person’s Right to Work as opposed to forcing them to participate in and fund unions which they do not support or wish to finance.

If you listen to Democrats and Unions, what is best for the people and workers of the United States of America is Income Taxes; increased public sector union growth fueled by Collective Bargaining, and; forcing participation in both public and private sector unions by requiring union membership and forced collection of union dues. These things aren’t just good for the people. By inference, they are what the people themselves would choose if they had the ability to do so.

However, to quote Ronald Reagan, “…the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

Left to their own devices, expense and choice, how have Americans actually chosen when faced with decisions on those three issues? Michael Barone has a piece up at The Examiner which addresses that very question. Drilling down into the 2010 Census data he finds:

The lesson is that high taxes and strong public employee unions tend to stifle growth and produce a two tier society [a large affluent upper class, a vast proletariat and a huge income gap in between]

The eight states with no state income tax grew 18 percent in the last decade. The other states (including the District of Columbia) grew just 8 percent.

The 22 states with right-to-work laws grew 15 percent in the last decade. The other states grew just 6 percent.

The 16 states where collective bargaining with public employees is not required grew 15 percent in the last decade. The other states grew 7 percent.

… states and nations with slow growth end up with aging populations and not enough people of working age to generate an economy capable of supporting them in the style to which they’ve grown accustomed.

Slow growth is nice if you’ve got a good-size trust fund and some nice acreage in a place like Aspen. But it reduces opportunity for those who don’t start off with such advantages to move upward on the economic ladder.

So who is really supporting the working man, the ordinary American? As with most Progressive policies,  actual results are very different from what was promised. Progressives then blame the failure of   their worthless schemes on Conservatives. They use that false conclusion to enact even more Progressive dogma. If one looks at the issue shallowly, it might seem the people support the Progressive agenda. But left to their own choice and options to be implemented with their own money and decisions, people overwhelmingly reject the Progressive agenda as bad for them personally and by extension, bad for all of America.

Legislatures in Tennessee and around the country are currently voting on these exact issues. The will of the people is clear as they have voted over the last decade, both with ballots and now with billets. Given a choice, the people are opting for individual and economic Liberty.  A legislative vote against income taxes, collective bargaining and union supremacy in the workforce is not a vote against the people nor is it bad for the economy of your city or state. In fact, just the opposite is true.

If you want a growing, vibrant population and economy for your state that consistently outperforms the rest of the country, support eliminating income taxes, curbing collective bargaining and giving people the right to choose in the workplace.

It’s the proven solution over time and across the nation.

Crossposted from Blue Collar Muse.

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