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    shaharazade, schumann, YucatanMan

    Remember too that Tricky Dick was not anti-labor in the way that all today's Republican leaders are.

    He pushed through Alaska North Slope oil development with labor support in Congress: Today, Teamsters, USW, and other unions have good-paying jobs in Alaska because of the deals Nixon cut back in the late 1960s.

    Similarly, labor supported Nixon's  Merchant Marine Act of 1972, which guaranteed labor a piece of the new ship construction (and vessel operation) spurred by the law. So Nixon actually delivered something very substantial to the maritime unions (which have leaned Republican ever since).

    Famous Nixon sleazeball Chuck Colson was in charge of currying labor support, and did a good job for his boss, especially with the Teamster (arranging for the pardon of Jimmy Hoffa, etc). This was before the post-Watergate campaign finance reforms, so money flowed freely and secretly.

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