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.Does that really sound like something to which you'd want your kid to aspire? No, it's mind-numbing work. Who wants to work somewhere where you're nothing but a repetitive motion machine that needs bathroom breaks?
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 thousands of pages of work rules in United Auto Workers contract, which forbade assembly-line speedups, also barred any initiative or flexible response.
We've got to break the nostalgia for this stuff and recognize that it's not 1955 Detroit anymore.
Read the rest of the piece - lots of good stuff.