How much time does the average business man devote to matters of national and local government? Our observation is, very little. Going to the polls on election day is obligatory in Mr. John Q. Citizen’s mind, but it usually ends right there. The universal excuse is that we are all too busy running our own business. Or, should we say ruining our business?
The prevailing labor unrest, which was obviously brought about by the form of legislative measures enacted during the last decade, reflects the neglect of management to present its case. For sometime now Washington has relied upon political favors from large union groups and has enacted laws which disregard the rights of other parts of our populace. In his characteristic “let George run the government” attitude these measures escaped the businessman’s attention and today he finds himself the victim of damaging strikes and unreasonable demands from his workers.
Businessmen have been entirely too passive and have permitted pressure groups and labor agitators to dominate the legislative picture. We would be willing to wager there is hardly a man among us who, some time or other, was not inspired to write a letter to his Congressman or take a trip to Washington to see how government clicked, but he never got around to it. Meanwhile the cards were being stacked against him by “pinks” working overtime bringing pressure to bear on Congress for more governmental control.
We would like to see every businessman take an active interest in local and national government policies and when he has an opinion to express it in writing to his representative. It is only when labor union leaders realize their coersive practices will fall short of realization, if business does not provide the “financial wherewithall,” that current labor-management disagreements will come to a showdown.
It is our opinion that if businessmen come to the fore and convince politicians, beyond question, that employers play the most important part in the labor-industry relations picture, and furthermore will not continue to stand by on a one-sided argument to the detriment of business, that we will have a fighting chance.