I caught just enough of the Academy Awards broadcast last night to find best cinematography winner Wally Pfister (“the p is silent, as in phthisis, psychic, and ptarmigan”) make a point during his acceptance speech of thanking his union crew on “Inception.” ABC News posts Pfister’s elaboration of his point backstage. There he explained that everything good in his life derives from his union:
“I think that what is going on in Wisconsin is kind of madness right now,” Pfister says. “I have been a union member for 30 years and what the union has given to me is security for my family. They have given me health care in a country that doesn’t provide health care and I think unions are a very important part of the middle class in America all we are trying to do is get a decent wage and have medical care.”
Pfister to the contrary notwithstanding, the 93 percent of the private sector workforce that is nonunion continues to scrape by, though none too easily in the Age of Obama. The overhead imposed by public sector unions on “a very important part of the middle class” has become unaffordable. Pfister persuaded me only that watching the Academy Awards was exceedingly pfoolish.