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  •  It is like the American worker/citizen (1+ / 0-)
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    is the big "cookie jar" for the rich to filch of every last vestige of anything that has worth.

    It seems even worse now than 50 years ago....but 50 years ago I was not too aware of what was going on....but there always was an attack on unions...which makes me wonder why my dad, a union man, became a Republican under Nixon even though he knew about Nixon's background.....I blame brain-worm zombies.

    Character is what you are in the dark. Emilio Lazzardo in Buckaroo Bonzai

    by Temmoku on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 09:46:16 AM PST

    •  It's the effect of money and fear (1+ / 0-)
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      Unions made it possible for millions of ordinary people to get a comfortable life for themselves. The downside is, if you can make people afraid of losing what they have so painfully gained - especially a generation that remembered real poverty from the depression - you can lead them around by the nose. What party specializes in scaring people all the time?

      Plus, one of the dark sides of unions is that many of them were bastions of racism. After the 60's and civil rights unrest, a lot of union members went Republican because of racial fears. It's not pretty, but it happens. And it's happening again, only now it's through the Tea Party.

      History is made at night (More from Lizardo)

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 10:14:22 AM PST

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      •  Kill the unions and collective bargaining (0+ / 0-)

        and eventually you kill the American middle class.

        I often here people site the negative aspects of the history of union to create the meme that unions are bad...
        that would be like eliminating the Federal Government because some of them in the past have been involved in things like illegal wiretapping, cash hidden in freezers, dressing up in diapers while cavorting with hookers and all manner of bribery, theft and fraud.

        The same bs was pulled on Acorn, because of some accusations, which turned out to be trumped up Congress abolished by dis funding Acorn.

        By that standard, to be fair, Congress would have to abolish itself by dis funding itself.

        Hypocrisy rules.

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