Sgt. Al Powell, from the movie “Die Hard,” understood the role the Twinkie plays in our society.
It is the culinary equivalent of your favorite blanket.
Every single Twinkie is the same — and that comfort is what makes it such a reliable snack.
Oh, sure, Twinkies have virtually no redeeming health value. In fact, one time, somebody broke down the 37 ingredients and took a picture — not exactly “made from scratch.”
Yet, like many unhealthy snacks, Twinkies are a slice of Americana, which is why the news that Hostess shutting down is a punch in the nation’s cream-filled gut.
A union strike is the demise of the Twinkie and other Hostess products.
Union types evidently think that $0 an hour is a preferable wage to whatever it was they were making. Hostess asked union workers to take an 8 percent pay cut as part of a restructuring aimed at saving the company.
What, did the unions think this was a bluff?
This is the danger of being a union member — whatever benefit is gained by being in the organization is more than made up for, in a negative sense, by the loss of freedom. How many Hostess workers would have liked to have had the option to stay on the company for the reduced wage? This is yet another example of the dangers of relying on the whims of democracy. Perhaps a majority of these union workers would have voted to turn down the offer. But what about the 20, 30 or 40 percent who would have voted to accept the offer — now they are thrown overboard with everyone else!
Also, we can’t help but wonder (no pun intended) if the nation’s increasingly liberal unemployment benefit scheme is emboldening union leaders to call the bluffs of management. After all, when people know they are going to be paid for month upon month, why not gamble?
Finally, we are also concerned that the demonization of corporate America is partly to blame. It used to be that workers had pride in their company. But the more people hear malarkey about the evils of capitalism and so-called greed, the more likely they are to go to the mat, even if it means the demise of their company.
The good news: the Twinkie brand is probably too strong to fail. Someone will buy it up during bankruptcy and the nation will breathe a collective (if not slightly wheezy) sigh of relief.
So, rest easy, Sgt. Powell, the unions just squashed your current stash of Twinkies, but the free market will ensure that more are on the way.
From the New Bern (North Carolina) Sun Journal