What's the first sign of a corrupt electoral system? Public ballots. You may not like Castro or Lenin, but when you vote in front of the Commissar you mark your X where you are supposed to and make a big smiley face next to it. The ability to vote privately eliminates the political pressure.
That's why you should be concerned when someone wants to take away your ability to vote privately. Sure they can frame the issue in terms of "fairness," or an "open process." After all what do you have to hide? If you don't like the Ayatollah, Castro, Bush, Clinton, or the Union Representative, then you should make your opinion known.
Well, Congress is considering taking away the right of workers to vote privately when they seek to organize. The business community is reacting. Here's a response from the Phoenix Chamber.
Here's George Will's take on it.
Repealing a right -- to secret ballots -- long considered fundamental to democratic culture would be a radical act. But labor is desperate. The card check shortcut to unionization comes before Congress after last month's announcement that union membership declined, yet again, in 2006, by 326,000.
Now the Chamber is running radio commercials in key districts. Hmm, one of those districts is Arizona CD 5. Click the link bellow and listen to the Chamber's commercial about Harry Mitchell.
“Congress is currently considering legislation that would stop the use of secret ballots in union organizing elections. By forcing workers to choose through a public "card check" process, this legislation will take privacy, power and voice away from America's working people. It is that simple.” (http://www.uschamber.com/press/ads/card_check)