The Failure Of Unions And Big Government

Unions cripple companies. They thwart efficient government. They drive up prices and drive down service levels. They are anti-technology, anti-productivity, and pro-wage growth. They live in a virtual reality where price points, product-market pressures, and capital returns dont matter. They need to be abolished.

A truism in the global economy is that the country with the highest rate of unionization loses. No sane person is going to invest capital, take risks and innovate if they are handing out money to union members who cant be fired, disciplined, or force to use profit enhancing technologies. Companies that are nimble, highly productive and innovative will produce enough wealth to pay people properly. There is no need in the modern era for unions. There is no need in the modern era for large unionized government either.

Put it this way. Employment rates, wealth per capita, productivity and innovation are directly and negatively correlated with the size of government and the % of the population which work in unions. Europe? 45-50% of Europes GDP is eaten by unionized government. European union rates run at 3 x US levels and are 10-20% higher than Canadian levels. The result? Lower living standards, less people working, dead economies, no productivity, 8 week vacation periods and ever escalating union backed demands for higher wages.

Worse the OECD concludes that practically all [97 percent] of European civilian job creation has been in the government sector in the past few years. As government size increases, including government backed monopolies and oligopolies, unionization grows, and hours worked fall. Unions are adept at demanding the highest dollar for the least amount of time worked. As worker costs escalate firms cut back on technology, plant investments and business process improvements. Eventually these firms might fail.

According to the OECD, Research has clearly established a remarkable fact: namely that the sizable U.S. advantage in real GDP per capita is largely due to differences in total hours worked per capita.

Such commonsensical observations apply to Canada. Union rates in Canada are more than double US rates [32 % vs. 14 %], though lower than in Western Europe which ranges from 34%, to 45 %. Canada has a 30% lower standard of living, less productivity and less income per head than the US. High union rates and over-government are key reasons for this differential. The same can be said of EU-US comparisons.

One reason for Europes and Canadas high union rate is their higher marginal tax rates. When taxes become too onerous people respond by trying to hide money; dropping out of work and going on welfare to access rich welfare schemes; or they unionize and demand that wages rise faster than inflation and taxation increases. US Federal Reserve and EU economic studies confirm this fact. Europeans are not prone to be lazy. But when the system punishes work, then they respond accordingly. Same applies to Canada.

You can see the destructive power of unions at work at the company level. Witness Chrysler a once proud emblem of American manufacturing genius. Now it is a hollowed out firm headed for bankruptcy. In both the US and Canada during the past 30 years literally billions of tax dollars were given to Chrysler in direct and indirect hand-outs. Yet the firm is heading towards oblivion and most likely will have its various assets sold off. It is not hard to see why.

Thanks to high union rates, over half of a Chrysler cars production cost is labor and health care. The firm is simply uncompetitive. Thanks to its unions, new models, new ideas and new business improvements cannot be made at Chrysler and productivity and profit enhancing concepts cannot be employed. The firm cannot respond to the challenge of East Asian auto manufacturers, many of whom have union free plants in the southern US.

The fallout from the demise of Chrysler is quite huge. If no one buys the assets and turns the firm around it might either die, or be sold off in chunks with grave consequences. Now imagine if all of the large North American car firms, thanks to unions, were to go bankrupt.

Whole areas of the world are dependent on the auto industry. Detroit, southern Canada, the US deep south, Stuttgart, parts of Germany, France and elsewhere have entire economies and societies built around the extended supply and parts chain which feeds into the auto sector. Those with union-free plants will survive. Those with union-worker elite plants will either reform or perish. Close to one million jobs in the Detroit-Toronto corridor are dependent on the auto sector almost all of them in union shops or feeding union controlled companies. Consider if all 3 big US firms claimed bankruptcy. The economic and social consequences would be vast.

But so would be more government interference and subsidies for failed union shops. The last thing we need is more government support of failed businesses like Chrysler, Ford or GM. For too long have unions in auto firms created an unaccountable working elite. It is time to destroy the unions and let the market set wages, prices and product-customer matches.

The auto industry is indicative of the Marxist fantasy world inhabited by unions. Big governments with their unionized worker elite amplify the failures of Chrysler or GM. Toyota and smaller government nations exemplify the utility of market dynamics. Kill off the unions and increase company and national wealth. The time of unionized Marxism is long over. Chrysler and big government incompetence are the obvious manifestations of that fact.

Good Mortgage For Brilliant Shoppers

I am sure that there would be more complext deals that one could come across. You are in the market for procuring a house. There will be a lender. You will return that money over a period of time along with some reward, called interest, for loaning you that money.

If it were indeed so, I would not join the ranks of authors who write about this topic. Real estate financing options are getting quite complicated. Naturally, you are likely to avail of only one or two or few, so the complexity should not cause you anxiety. If I were in your shoes, the only thing I would be worried about would be ignorance of better opportunities.

So, let us divide our approach into three parts.

First: Do you know what it is that you want? Are you a new buyer, home-upgrader, home improvement customer, or some other Is it that your existing home is in impending danger of being snatched away because of a loan that you defaulted on? Or are you happy with where you reside, but you are trying to get a loan to improve your loan.

Certainly we can be in one of many camps. In fact, here is one that you may not have thought of: Is your objective to make your old age peaceful by borrowing money that does not have to be returned in your lifetime?

Second: Evaluate All Alternatives Compare! Compare! Compare! The other way of looking at alternatives is by seeking specific proposals from different lenders. In other words you could say that I am recommending that you consider your options and then get lenders into a little bit of a competition to get your valuable business.

Third: The God Is In The Details If things go fine and dandy, cool. But what if they do not? There are sites that will present you will calculators and online forms that can help you with these. But details also include stuff like: Do you want a fixed rate mortgage? Or would you like the rate of interested to float? How would you decide on something like this?

I hope that a beginner’s article of the type that you are reading is not causing you stress. But, I have also come across people who have gone through the process only once and are now walking encyclopedias on this entire industry. Sure we live in a world where programming the video recorder is supposed to be a challenge. But I am still sure that you can easily master this game of real estate credit.

Think of it this way. If you blindly chose the first option that came your way, it is extremely unlikely that you will ever get a good deal. And there are loan providers who would line up to get your business. And if the concept of “lines” is abhorable, you can always go ahead and get the details online.

Online providers want your business as bad as that big bank downtown. There is no difference for all practical purposes. All in all, remember that an informed and empowered customer is a smart customer.

If I have managed to stir up your interest in home related financing, you should consider reading some of my favorites resources for Mortgage Companies, Home Mortgage Refinancing, and Adjustable Rate Mortgage.

Top Philippine Banks For Ofw

A bank account is very important for OFW since it will be the account where the money will be sent from abroad. Opening a new bank account can be hard since you do not know which bank is the best for your criteria. There are really many banks in the Philippines so selecting one is not easy. In this article, you can learn which bank to use to send money to the Philippines.

1. Banco de Oro

Last year, Banco de Oro or commonly known as BDO held the highest portion of OFW remittances so it was named by Central Bank o f the Philippines as the No.1 bank of OFW remittance. BDO has services that it exclusively offer to OFW and their relatives like the Kabayan savings account with only P50 initial deposit with no maintaining balance as long it will be used for remittance. Just like other banks, BDO has Internet banking, phone, mobile and ATM banking across the country.

2. BPI

Recently, Finance Asia awarded Bank of the Philippine Islands as the best bank in the country for cash management in 2009. BPI is my choice bank for sending money to the Philippines. It has the best care fo its customer and very quick in responding to their client’s needs.

3. Metrobank

Metrobank is a famousr bank in the Philippines and listed as a public company in the Philippine Stock Exchange. Last year, it belongs to the top five remittance bank of OFW. It has a wide network of branches not only in the Philippines but also in other countries like US, European countries, Korea and Middle East countries. Many OFW likes Metrobank because of its good customer service and plenty of branches all over the country.

4. Chinabank

ChinaBank ranks fourth as the largest universal bank in the Philippines by market capitalization. It is a member of BancNet, a famous bank organization in the Phlippines. Chinabank has many services through its 388 ATM and 248 branches across the country. One good benefit of using Chinabank is you can transfer money to other bank members of BancNet with just small transfer charge.

5. Union Bank of the Philippines

In the Philippines, Union Bank ranks seventh in the largest banks in terms of assets. It is a public bank listed in Philippine Stock Exchange. Union Bank is a partnership among the companies and government institution in the country. With its wide range of services, many people and OFW find Union Bank a good choice for banking and remittance purposes. You can send money to the Philippines using Union Bank by PayPal, through remittance partners and by bank to bank wire transfer.

Choosing a bank for remittance purposes depends on your needs. Almost all banks offer same services but you need to determine those which are customer-oriented and responds to client’s problems quickly.

Why Move to Spain

For a long time now, Spain has been the destination for thousands of emigrants who leave their home in search of the Good Life. From fresh-faced students to retired statesmen, people have flocked here in their droves, in order to set up a home and learn Spanish.

But why is Spain such a popular place to live?

Weather

The sunny Spanish weather is a famed draw for tourists and emigrants alike. While there are places here that experience quite rainy conditions for much of the year (the northern areas, for example), most of Spain basks in wonderful sunshine, especially during summer when it comes a beach-lovers delight.

Variety

Spain is primarily known for its major cities and its magnificent beaches. Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia and Bilbao are all great urban destinations (especially for those who like to indulge in the cultural bustle of big cities), while much of the east and south coast is taken up by mile upon mile of simply idyllic coastline.

In a few select places (Barcelona and Cadiz, say), the urban fun and seaside relaxation meet with aplomb. As a result, these are extremely popular places to set up home in, especially if you can secure living quarters in enigmatic parts of the city. Barcelona apartments in the Barri Gotic, for example, may come at a premium, but theyre well worth the cost, given their surroundings and the proximity of the Barceloneta beach.

Cost of Living

For a European country, Spain is famously easy on the wallet. Day to day life here comes at a pittance when compared to other similar sized countries in the continent: food is cheap, alcohol is cheaper, and even housing is happily affordable (in terms of apartments Valencia, Seville, Madrid and Barcelona all offer a slew of well-priced and available places).

Attitude to Life

Probably the major reason behind Spains appeal to foreigners looking to move overseas is its fun-loving attitude to life. Theres a shared reluctance to do anything too exertive here; life should be spent in cafes on plazas, sipping coffee or drinking beer (preferably with the beach in sight).

Spain is also a country thats known for its love of the fiesta (party). Fiestas tend to start close to midnight, and carry on well into the sunlit hours of the next day. All in all, their friendly indulgence comes to symbolize all that is so good about this exciting and beautiful South European country.