A peer made the surprising statement that the Bacon-Davis Act had "accomplished little except to drive up wages; in particular, the cost of school buildings."
I have done bid take-offs for several school projects. It is not the wages that drive up the cost. It is the pork of politicians to bring jobs to their constituents that drives up the cost. The wages — aka unions — have little effect as we are all (the contractors) cutting costs everywhere we can to win the bids. Non-unions contractors win these jobs too.
The Bacon-Davis Act was passed by a Republican congress and signed into law by a Republican president. It was designed to keep low-wage outsiders from doing work in a politician's home district. The pork barrel spending was not lining the pockets of the politician's contributors. Bacon-Davis solved that!
It is notable that Republicans find no fault with someone who raises the price of their products so high that they can pay tens of millions of dollars in salary, benefits and contributions, or that politicians can get inside trading deals and a lifetime super-pension, or as in the case of our last president and congress, extend no-bid contracts to a vice president's company.
But the current condition of the economy is somehow the fault of regular people who want wages and benefits that let them live modestly. They are the real people building and maintaining the infrastructure of America.
I ask you, who is the real patriot?