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Will the players union sink the NFL?

The Examiner "American Ills Not Caused by Unions," screamed a recent headline in the Detroit News. Really? OK, forget about the union-strong-armed public-sector salaries and pensions that have pushed entire states and municipalities to the brink of bankruptcy: State and local governments compensate workers an average $40.10 per hour, compared with the $27.88 average private-sector compensation, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, contributing to the massive projected budget deficits in states like New York and California ($10 billion, and $25.4 billion respectively). If unions and their allies in the media and government can convince the American public that deficits and debt don't matter, then maybe they can make the argument that unions are not the cause of our ills.