Democrat's Honeymoon Over

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/kstrasselpw/?id=110009737

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    Checkmate
    The Democratic Party's honeymoon is over.

    BY KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    Friday, March 2, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST

    For Big Labor, this week's "card check" victory marked the ultimate payoff for past Democratic election support. For House Democrats, it marked the end of the honeymoon.

    Democrats won in November in part by playing down their special interest patrons--unions, environmentalists, trial lawyers--and by playing up a new commitment to the moderate middle class. The big question was whether the party had the nerve to govern the way it campaigned, and card check was the first test. The answer? AFL-CIO chief John Sweeney isn't smiling for nothing.


    Up to now, Speaker Nancy Pelosi had kept her troops in line and her party's liberal wing in check. The vaunted first "100 hours" was run like a military operation, and revolved around a carefully chosen legislative agenda that would unify every faction in her party. It was small potatoes, but it worked, and it was a lesson in how Democrats can practice smart politics.

    The card check, in contrast, is a lesson in how the party's liberal base forces Democrats to back political losers. The legislation's only purpose is to give unions an unfair advantage in organizing, namely by eliminating the secret ballot in union elections and instead allowing thugs to openly bully workers into joining up. Americans understand and despise this, with polls showing 90% of the public thinks card check is a racket.

    Democrats therefore left themselves wide open for their first public drubbing. The card check gave Republicans a rare opening to beat the daylights out of the new majority, successfully accusing it of trashing democratic elections and shutting down free speech.
     
  2. Petra-O IX

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    12% of the Labor force in America is Union and is steadily declining. Going after the union labor vote doesn't have the value it used to have.
     
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    of that 12% how many are goverment workers Federal, State, local, school?

    Unions were fomed for blue collar workers who at the time worked under horible conditions. The initial purpose of unions has been fullfilled.

    This is not to say that there is an occasional need for union intervention. However in the entire specterm, workers have a good deal.

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  4. carpro

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    I don't mind unions trying to organize. I just wonder why they think they can't succeed if the ballots are secret and why politicians would support that stance.

    Does it really mean that they don't know who to use their intimidation tactics against if the votes are secret?
     
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    There was a time in America when unions were necessary because of dangerous working conditions and low pay. That time is past. Unions are no longer necessary and are a handicap to the economy.
     
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    I would say, with the major polls showing Congress' job approval rating at a six year high, running in the 57-59% range, and the President's between 30 and 33%that the Democrats are still enjoying quite a honeymoon. I predict it will carry over well past the 2008 election.

    And of course, considering the source of the information, I'd say the WSJ is writing some wishful thinking.
     

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