Recently KETC Channel 9 featured a debate and discussion about Right-to-Work. Yoy can view it here...
Unfortunately, the legislature has yet to consider my Right-to-Country Club proposal which is based on exactly the same idea as Right-to-Work. Both proposals require an organization to provide their services for free to people that use a service but don’t want to pay for the service they receive. Here is my Letter to the Editor that appeared in the Washington Missourian…
To The Editor:
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently reported “Missouri Republicans Are Loading Up on Tax Break Proposals.” There sure are some interesting concepts being advanced by the party of the wrinkled trunk. I particularly enjoyed this proposal…
“Rep. Lyndall Fraker, R-Marshfield, wants to offer a sales tax exemption on initiation fees or dues on private country clubs.
“ ‘It’s just really hitting some of these clubs really hard,’ Fraker said.
“Fraker acknowledges that tax credits do take a toll on the state budget.”
This is indeed the kind of proposal that comes from a “change” election. In this case, Republican Fraker is fighting to shave off some of the hardship some rich folks feel when paying their country club dues. I’m sure most Missourians are OK with this. After all, most folks can afford to buy a few more school supplies or fund-raisers to make up for the lost revenue that the country club deduction costs the state.
Of course, another way of looking at this issue comes to mind. Instead of offering tax credits for rich folks to offset the expense of those pesky private country club dues, I propose a Right-to-Country Club. This law would allow members and former members to use country club facilities, the bar, the sauna, the golf course, the caterer, and other services and then be able to invoke their Right-to-Country Club and not pay for any of these services.
Let’s be clear, all Americans should have the right to hang out at the country club of their choice – whether they pay dues or not.
If my proposal sounds familiar, it should. The very same Republican Party that is pushing tax breaks for rich folks’ country club dues have already held hearings on Right-to-Work legislation. RTW would require unions to provide representation and bargaining services to anyone who chooses to work at a unionized facility, while allowing the member or nonmember to avoid paying for any of those services.
The fact is that asking an organization to provide services without compensation is ridiculous and obviously incompatible with a market economy.
What is good for the golden goose is good for the gander. Republicans like Justin Alferman, Dave Schatz, Paul Curtman and Kirk Matthews, who support Right-to-Work, should also embrace my Right-to-Country Club. I promise when Right-to-Country Club comes to the floor of the House for a vote, I will be there. I will also give these legislators all the credit for my idea.