"We have very enlightened plantation owners in this country now, treating slaves better and slaves have decided they don’t want to be freed."
No, wait. That's an incorrect quote. What he really said
"We have very enlightened management in this country now, treating employees better and employees have decided they don’t want to pay the [union] dues."
McConnell is making the case that absent economic power for labor
(through unions), management will be just as generous. It's a perennial Republican claim, that economic power is of no account
. McCain (and before him, Bush Jr.) asserted that individuals would be able to "shop around" and get as good a health care package as a large entity, like a major corporation or government agency.
There must be a name for this common logical fallacy.
"We don't need environmental laws because the air and water are in the best shape in decades"
"We don't need vaccines, people don't get polio any more"