Black Lake Golf Club is the newest addition to the UAW’s Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center, situated on 1,000 heavily forested acres along the southeast side of Black Lake, one of Michigan’s largest inland lakes near Onaway, Michigan.
Black Lake Golf Club complements the Center’s recreational facilities, which now include a beautiful gym with two full-sized basketball courts, an Olympic-size indoor pool, and exercise and weight room, table-tennis and pool tables, a sauna, beaches, walking and bike trails, softball and soccer fields and a boat launch ramp.
…but it is nonetheless a golf course; one that has lost the union about $5 million dollars a year for the last five years. That’s their problem, of course: what’s my problem – and now, everybody’s problem – is that said union decided to scuttle the recent Senate deal because they refused to give a firm date for them imposing fiscal responsibility upon themselves.
Let me put this in stark terms: I have a mortgage and a kid. I cannot afford $95/round golf excursions. I suspect that there are a large number of people in Michigan (9.3% unemployment rate in October 2008! Good job, Governor Granholm!) who can’t afford $95/round golf excursions. Given that I don’t play golf, personally I’m not too troubled by the fact that I can’t.
BUT THE PEOPLE WHO CAN NEED TO STOP ASKING ME FOR MY MONEY.
So sell the freaking thing. Nobody gets out of this meltdown without taking a hit.
PS: The UAW has $1.23 billion in assets. I don’t. If they’re so worried about their jobs, maybe they should have their union purchase a stake in their auto companies.