Since a poster brought this up in another thread, here is an op-ed on the subject matter. Looking at the fact that some claim that unions were the driving force of the Jones Act (some truth there) but when you really look at the larger merchant marine industry and it's history as privately help business interests in shipping, what may look like unionism at it's best may in fact have a "hidden hand" behind it and the unionist just took advantage of a state created market as any parasite does in a symbotic relationship. I find it funny those who hold a somewhat anti-union bias because of their own non-union status are upset that unionist have squeezed in to suckle the same state teet as the business world started suckling first. Never mind again that even the union suckling had a hidden hand behind it! Funny also how many of these same people who scream and rail against unions for using gov't (and that railing is correct) are the first in line to not only rail against so-called big gov't but then turn a complete blind eye when that big gov't benefits their self interests by the use of state reach and big gov't. So much for the idea of earning one's way in a true free market! Before you call the President a socialist, you might look in a mirror. You might see a version of the President looking back at you!