Obama: Right to work laws means 'Right to work for less money'

Can he be any more dishonest?

President Barack Obama sharply criticized efforts in Michigan to make the state the second right-to-work state in the Midwest in speech Monday in Redford, Mich.

"What we shouldn't do-I just gotta say this-what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions," Obama said in the speech, which was meant to be on fiscal cliff issues. "We shouldn't be doing that."

"You know, these so-called right-to-work laws don't have to do with economics, they have to do with politics," Obama continued. "What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money."

Employees in Michigan are required to join unions and pay dues in unionized shops or pay an agency fee. The Washington Free Beacon reported on Michigan Republican efforts last week:

There is nothing in any right to work law in any state that prevents a union from organizing, or negotiating wage and benefit increases. For Obama to imply otherwise is outrageous. Compulsory unionism is an affront to democracy and creates a business climate that is unhelpful in drawing new business and jobs to the state.

His characterization of right to work laws is simplistic and deliberately misleading. I would suggest someone try and educate the president about the benefits to a state's economy when right to work is implemented, but he would probably dismiss it as "politics."