Do you know what Baltimore needs to attract more businesses and jobs? If you answered “destroy the public sector and teachers’ unions,” congratulations, you’re Kimberley Strassel, opinion columnist for the Wall Street Journal.
Strassel, who’s name sounds a lot like the libertarian tool John Stossel, made the remarks on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday when host Chuck Todd asked her what it would take to get businesses back into the economically depressed areas of Baltimore.
Strassel lamented about various measures taken to ease poverty, and added that the business community “really wants to help in this situation” but is “hesitant” because of government “central planning.”
She also dismissed calls for a home-front Marshall Plan — that is, the plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II — saying that more money into the community isn’t the answer:
You still have a failing education system, you’re dominated by public sector unions, teachers’ unions. You’ve still got high crime and high unemployment. So, you’ve got to start getting some of those things in place. You’ve got to do something about the crime, then the business sector comes in, you have private investment.
If you’re wondering how teacher’s unions are tied to this mess (or why she separated that one specifically from other public sector unions and not, say, the police union), keep wondering. Todd didn’t follow up; he instead asked whether the CVS pharmacy would be rebuilt — truly, a pressing question of our time.
Had she separated the police union, I would’ve been put in a harder spot. I still support unionization for all workers, including police unionization, but I am deeply amused that for all their BS about unions being bad for the worker, the police union seems to be the one that Republicans never touch.
Listen to the remarks below:
[h/t and cover picture RS]