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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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      Steven D, blueoasis

      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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