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  •  Parallel track of Unions and Middle Class (5+ / 0-)

    The growth and prosperity of America's middle class perfectly parallels the gorwth and decline of America's labor unions.

    Membership in labor unions grew during the first half of the 20th century, cresting in the late 70's and early 80's.  As did the size and prosperity of America's middle class.  

    Since in late 70's, membership in labor unions has declined precipitously, due to changes in the job market, off-shoring of manufacturing jobs, an anti-union political climate, and more recently, changes in labor laws.  

    And during this same period, the wealth of America's middle class has declined as well.  Funny that!

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 01:04:25 PM PDT

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    •  Would that be a correlation? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      OK. And now we begin the part of the show where we pull out individual words and phrases of the commenter to try to determine the "real" meaning of the comment.... let the games begin.

      by hillbrook green on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 01:09:43 PM PDT

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    •  Parallel track of Dems and unions (8+ / 0-)

      Only period of Dem dominance since 1860 (roughly mid-30s to mid-70s) also happens to have been period of labor's greatest strength.  It's not a coincidence.  Labor has provided essential shoe leather for GOTV efforts since FDR's time.

      Interesting little factoid in today's NYT:

      The presence of the United Mine Workers of America helped stymie such tactics. But now, with a mere 25 percent of miners belonging to the union, the allegiance of miners has largely shifted to the coal companies. The old divide-and-conquer strategy is back
      WV was one of only 6 states Carter carried in 1980.  In more recent years, it has become a thoroughly red state.  Timing of UMW decline and Dem decline in WV isn't a coincidence, either.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 01:15:39 PM PDT

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      •  Slightly more complicated (2+ / 0-)
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        As union memberships shrinks, then unions will be less influencial and less important to the democratic party.

        And as the democratic party abandons union issues to better curry favor and campaign contributions from the wealthy and corporate interests, union memebers lose interest in the democratic party.

        Recent changes in the American economy and in labor laws could well do away with unions all together.  The democratic party is unlikely to go away: the democratic party can always get money by prostituting itself to another rich person.  

        Unions only work because of the collective efforts of its members: unions cannot abandon its members the way the democratic party has abandoned its middle class voters.

        "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

        by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 03:28:41 PM PDT

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