Barone: 'Green jobs' a dubious path to the future | Campaign 2012 | Washington Examiner
by Michael Barone 4-22-12
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen liberal commentators look back with nostalgia to the days when a young man fresh out of high school or military service could get a well-paying job on an assembly line at a unionized auto factory that could carry him through to a comfortable retirement.
As it happens, I grew up in Detroit and for a time lived next door to factory workers. And I know something that has eluded the liberal nostalgiacs. Which is that people hated those jobs.
The assembly line work was boring and repetitive. That’s because management imbibed Frederick W. Taylor’s theories that workers were stupid and could not be trusted with any initiative.It was also because the United Auto Workers’ contract’s thousands of pages of work rules, which forbade assembly.
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