Why do we have unions? Because before unions, workers were exploited. When we lose unions, workers will be exploited again.

Why has government grown? Partly because Americans recognized that the standard market economy doesn’t do a good job of providing for people at the margins of society, in particular people who have left the economy because of age or injury.

Government also serves as a counter-balance to the enormous corporations that otherwise would have more control over society than democracy can tolerate.

So when the extreme right wing of the GOP wants to eliminate unions and government, ask yourself whether this is a step forward or a step backward.