"the unions" - I love how this is where people go right away. Yes some unions have over-reached no one will deny that. But funny how no one points fingers at the big fucking huge corporations and their management who are making money hand over fist by using what amounts to near-slave labor overseas.
Let me tell you this - if you abolished every union in the US, every single regulation, and cut taxes to ZERO we still would not be able to compete with the labor costs over there. They have people that work 60 hours a week for as little as 300 a month in some Asian countries. Hell 300 dollars a month in the US would not even get you a room in most inner city ghettos.
The global free marketers and the moronic, short-sighted conservative and libertarians among you who support them will be what kills the US not any union or liberal group.