Nothing Short of a Reagan Reagan’s Air Traffic Controller Moment

February 19, 2011

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/02/18/the-first-blow-against-public-employees/a-turning-point-in-labor-history

I find the above take interesting:

“There has never been anything like this in American labor history. In the late 1960s and early 1970s there may have been some qualms about giving public workers the right to unionize, but those qualms have turned into animosity. There seems little difference in the approach toward government workers’ unions taken by Governor Walker and his Wisconsin Legislature than there would have been in most states 100 years ago.

Why is Governor Walker attacking the unions and threatening the rights of union members? It’s simply because he can and he benefits by doing so. It resonates with the voters.”

The writer seems incredulous. My take is “well, yeah.” We pay these guys. We’re management. These guys are playing us for suckers. Of course, we’re not sympathetic.

Governor Walker of Wisconsin is aware of the parallel to Reagan, but II don’t recall the piece I read to come to this conclusion.

So, expect Walker to go the distance with this. What Republican wants to let Ronald Reagan down?

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