Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Slap That Mythology Around a Bit More
Dean Baker's probably getting to the point where he can critique the ever-predictable WaPo in his sleep:
In an article that discussed the two-tier pay system that Chrysler and GM adopted as part of their rescue plan, the Post told readers that the debate over autoworkers' wages during the bailout pitted "the advocates of the free market against those for a 'fair wage.'" Actually, there was no one in this debate advocating a free market. Those who wanted to see the wages of union auto workers cut were still very supportive of the licensing and professional restrictions that protect doctors and other highly paid professionals from foreign competition. These people also support other major forms of interference with market outcomes such as copyrights and patent protection.How many Post writers are really worth more than $14/hour? Especially the hacks on the editorial page?
The only clearly recognizable view held by those who insisted that autoworkers wages [sic] lowered to $14 an hour was that they wanted to see autoworkers get paid less money. The Post should simply report what people say and not attribute an ideology to them which almost certainly does not fit reality.