Occasionally the Mackinac Center digs into their file of donors, finds one who isn’t afraid of having their identity disclosed, and runs a profile on them. One of their recent profiles was interesting, to say the least.
In March, they featured a guy named Jack Engelhart, who founded Quality Pool Supply. How was Jack’s pool business so successful? They asked him [emphasis mine]:
At the time there were quite a few pools going in because General Motors, because of the union, had a very high wage rate and a lot of them were working a lot of overtime and they didn’t have time to go on vacation. So they decided to put a pool in their backyard because the income was relatively high. It was a vacation in their own backyards. We filled a need. It’s a very inexpensive way to go.
Engelhart would likely agree with Gov. Snyder that Michigan’s economy peaked around the time he started his business in 1968. But what could possibly be to blame for that?
The fact is, the Mackinac Center was founded to weaken Michigan’s institutions, drive down the wages of middle-class families, and dismantle unions. Unfortunately for Jack Engelhart’s kids, weaker unions will continue to drive down Michiganders’ wages, leading to less success for business owners and regular people alike.