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My goodness, how things have changed:

Labor Day 1956: Young Republicans Salute Labor. America's free working men and women produce more and consume more than any other nation! Greatest prosperity in history without war. Over 66,000,000 employed. Highest take-home pay in history. Greater job security. Greater job opportunity. Less time lost because of strikes. Increased union membership. Best working conditions in history. Social Security expanded.
Can you imagine anything like this today? It's not just that it's Republicans saluting labor and increased union membership. It's Republicans celebrating expanded Social Security—a program they're fighting tooth and nail to cut today despite its massive popularity. Indeed, today's Republicans are fighting basically every indicator of prosperity and a strong middle class mentioned in this image, and so many more, from safe bridges to well-funded schools to well-maintained sewer systems.

(Via @litterof6)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 11:55 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Social Security Defenders, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Attend your union meetings! (10+ / 0-)

    then again, in 1956 the democratic party was pretty different too. The dixiecrats had returned to the southern democratic fold.

    These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people... -Abraham Lincoln

    by HugoDog on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:03:48 PM PST

  •  Let's insure that both Republicans AND Democrats (7+ / 0-)

    leave the safety net alone:

    Campaign for America's Future - Take Action!
    Dear [divineorder],

    Washington is debating how to fix the debt. It should be debating how to fix the economy.

    We need jobs, not austerity. We need the wealthy to pay their fair share, not kick the middle class when it's down. The Democrats won a mandate to do the right thing. It's up to us to make sure they do it.
    Here are three steps you can take right now:

    1. Join the Dec. 10 Fiscal Showdown Day of Action., AFL-CIO and progressives all over the country are organizing protests in front of local congressional offices demanding higher taxes on the wealthy and no cuts to retirement security in any deficit deal.

    Click the and AFL-CIO pages to find a protest near you, or to create your own.

    2. Demand an up-or-down House vote on extending middle class tax cuts only.

    Speaker John Boehner is refusing to consider legislation that has already passed the Senate that would extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, while letting them expire for the top 2% at the end of the year.

    But Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is organizing a "discharge petition" that can force a vote on the House floor if enough congresspeople support it.

    This would save the struggling middle class from a New Year "austerity bomb", help prevent another recession and ensure we'll have enough revenue to invest in jobs and growth.

    Our friends at Americans for Tax Fairness have launched a campaign to pressure Congress to support Pelosi's discharge petition.

    Click here to add your voice.

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    Bone up. Sign on. Speak out. That's what we need to do stop the debt hysterics, save the middle class and make Washington focus on the real crisis: jobs.

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    by divineorder on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:04:12 PM PST

  •  That was before the civil rights agenda took off, (7+ / 0-)

    before all adults got the vote, before the Freedom of Information Act, before government in the sunshine requirements. As long as the movers and shakers could do their thing behind closed doors and in the back rooms of saloons, they could afford to be magnanimous and throw the working man a few crumbs.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:09:13 PM PST

  •  The TGOP don't work for us; they are betrayers (1+ / 0-)
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    (R's) take those tired memes and shove 'em, Denise Velez Oliver, 11/7/2012.

    by a2nite on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:13:04 PM PST

  •  their former offices are now a Randian Bank... (8+ / 0-)


    That location on I Street NW is now a branch of the Branch Banking & Trust, more widely known as BB&T.

    Among their corporate donations are:

    In May 2008, National Public Radio reported that the BB&T Charitable Foundation had given 25 U.S. colleges and universities "several million dollars" to fund programs promoting Ayn Rand's work and economic philosophy...
    Clearly, there's been a decline in the quality of tenants since 1956...


    •  actually, in 1956, that was the RNC headquarters.. (3+ / 0-)
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      ...and the Young Republican Labor Committee was officed at the RNC. (I followed up with a bit more research into the property...)

      And yeah, the RNC actually at least professed support of the working man and Shock! collective bargaining in their 1956 party platform...


      Under the Republican Administration, as our country has prospered, so have its people. This is as it should be, for as President Eisenhower said: "Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds, their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in this country—they are America."

      The Eisenhower Administration has brought to our people the highest employment, the highest wages and the highest standard of living ever enjoyed by any nation. Today there are nearly 67 million men and women at work in the United States, 4 million more than in 1952. Wages have increased substantially over the past 3 1/2 years; but, more important, the American wage earner today can buy more than ever before for himself and his family because his pay check has not been eaten away by rising taxes and soaring prices.

      The record of performance of the Republican Administration on behalf of our working men and women goes still further. The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen's compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.

      In addition, the Eisenhower Administration has enforced more vigorously and effectively than ever before, the laws which protect the working standards of our people.

      Workers have benefited by the progress which has been made in carrying out the programs and principles set forth in the 1952 Republican platform. All workers have gained and unions have grown in strength and responsibility, and have increased their membership by 2 millions.

      Furthermore, the process of free collective bargaining has been strengthened by the insistence of this Administration that labor and management settle their differences at the bargaining table without the intervention of the Government. This policy has brought to our country an unprecedented period of labor-management peace and understanding.

      We applaud the effective, unhindered, collective bargaining which brought an early end to the 1956 steel strike, in contrast to the six months' upheaval, Presidential seizure of the steel industry and ultimate Supreme Court intervention under the last Democrat Administration.

      The Eisenhower Administration will continue to fight for dynamic and progressive programs which, among other things, will:

  •  I can't imagine either party (3+ / 0-)
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    taking that kind of pro-labor stand today.

  •  Pre Voting YOUNG Republicans Who SAID They (4+ / 0-)
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    supported those things, on campuses where the climate was more liberal than the nation overall.

    I think they were fishing, and anyway not being part of the working party they wouldn't have anything to lose. Not sure how well this represents the party at that time, though there's no doubt Ike supported all or most of that list.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:29:24 PM PST

    •  It illustrates the shift (2+ / 0-)
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      of ideological hegemony.  Thus today's Dems echo every bit as enthusiastically the shibboleths of Reaganite-Thatcherite neoliberalism as those no doubt "pragmatic and dentrist" "pro-labor Repulicans" did under the ideological hegemony of the 20th Century Synthesis, known in the US as the New DeaL.  it's why ideology and it's necessary battles do matter, why they are in fact decisive, and why ceding that ground without  a fight guarantees defeat no matter how many "wins" abandoning that ground seems to offer.

      Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

      by ActivistGuy on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:55:15 PM PST

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    •  Young Repubs were officed in the RNC building... (0+ / 0-)

      ...the RNC and the Young Rep Labor Committee both were located at 1625 I Street NW in 1956...


  •  Embrace, Extend, Extinguish (0+ / 0-)

    Microsoft, or the Republican Party?

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:32:35 PM PST

  •  thanx for posting this Laura. (3+ / 0-)
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    Thom Hartmann talked about this flier on his show on Tuesday.
    I meant to google it but forgot.

    Amazing, isn't it?

    'Well-behaved women seldom make history” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by dear occupant on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:33:04 PM PST

    •  It's really getting around. A friend of mine (0+ / 0-)

      had it posted on Facebook, today.

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:49:32 PM PST

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  •  prior to the Great Realignment (1+ / 0-)
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    caused by the Civil Rights Act, which caused many segregationist Democrats (especially in the South) to defect to the Republicans, there were enough GOP moderates to make the party more reasonable.

    After the Civil Rights Act, the demographic makeup of the GOP, and its regional distribution, changed. It became more Southern and less Eastern, more about the culture wars and less explicitly about the big-business economic views that the old GOP was worried about.

    Canny Republican politicians like Nixon and Reagan grasped this and exploited it to win election. Hold the states of the old Confederacy by making thinly disguised racist appeals, and then try to get enough of the swing states into their column.

    Bush I and Dole represented the last of the socially moderate, big-business East Coast Republicans. They lost national elections because they were out of touch with the modern GOP, a strongly Southern party that was much more socially conservative than they were.

    It's hard to imagine that the GOP will ever become that reasonable again without losing three or four straight national elections--and by "losing", I mean losing the presidency and both houses of Congress by huge margins.

    The Democratic victory in 2008 was big (though not as big as in 1932), and we needed another two or three bigger ones to really get the GOP to moderate itself. Of course in 2010, they swept back into the House, so they felt no need to move to the left.

    And I predict that 2014 will be another GOP wave election, just like 2010, fueled by voter discontent with the Democrats rather than increased Republican turnout. Except both houses of Congress will go Republican, this time.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:54:11 PM PST

    •  They don't need to move to the left. They just (1+ / 0-)
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      need to move away from the stupid.

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      by dinotrac on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:59:57 PM PST

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    •  At this point, I do not see a ReTHUG wave election (1+ / 0-)
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      based on the crap that is already happening in swing states under ReTHUG control during lame-duck sessions.  What is happening in Michigan is just a prelude of what will happen in many other states after January 1st.

      Jack-booted tactics and blatant disregard for citizen input and the rights of the minority party are NOT going to play well with true independents and moderates.  The same issues that played a role in the national election (women's reproductive rights, voter suppression, etc.) will be strong-armed through state laws where ReTHUGs have a super majority.  After all...those big Corporatist donors expect SOMETHING for all those untraceable millions!

      It is not unrealistic to look for voter backlash that turns into a Democratic wave election in 2014.  With every jack-booted move, more and more Americans are seeing with clear eyes the unmasked, modern ReTHUG Party.

      Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

      by ranton on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:03:57 PM PST

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    •  Prediction way wrong. (0+ / 0-)

      What, are you going to alter the national demographic?

  •  Republican Party Platform of 1956 August 20, 1956 (3+ / 0-)
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    You really need to go read the whole platform, it's astonishing.  Heard it on Tom Hartman yesterday.
    Here's a bit of it...

    Republican Party Platform of 1956 August 20, 1956

    Declaration of Faith

    America's trust is in the merciful providence of God, in whose image every man is created ... the source of every man's dignity and freedom.

    In this trust our Republic was founded. We give devoted homage to the Founding Fathers. They not only proclaimed that the freedom and rights of men came from the Creator and not from the State, but they provided safeguards to those freedoms.

    Our Government was created by the people for all the people, and it must serve no less a purpose.

    The Republican Party was formed 100 years ago to preserve the Nation's devotion to these ideals.

    On its Centennial, the Republican Party again calls to the minds of all Americans the great truth first spoken by Abraham Lincoln: "The legitimate object of Government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves in their separate and individual capacities. But in all that people can individually do as well for themselves, Government ought not to interfere."

    Our great President Dwight D. Eisenhower has counseled us further: "In all those things which deal with people, be liberal, be human. In all those things which deal with people's money, or their economy, or their form of government, be conservative."

    While jealously guarding the free institutions and preserving the principles upon which our Republic was founded and has flourished, the purpose of the Republican Party is to establish and maintain a peaceful world and build at home a dynamic prosperity in which every citizen fairly shares.

    We shall ever build anew, that our children and their children, without distinction because of race, creed or color, may know the blessings of our free land.

    We believe that basic to governmental integrity are unimpeachable ethical standards and irreproachable personal conduct by all people in government. We shall continue our insistence on honesty as an indispensable requirement of public service. We shall continue to root out corruption whenever and wherever it appears.

    We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs—expansion of social security—broadened coverage in unemployment insurance —improved housing—and better health protection for all our people. We are determined that our government remain warmly responsive to the urgent social and economic problems of our people.

    To these beliefs we commit ourselves as we present this record and declare our goals for the future.

    Nearly four years ago when the people of this Nation entrusted their Government to President Eisenhower and the Republican Party, we were locked in a costly and stalemated war. Now we have an honorable peace, which has stopped the bitter toll in casualties and resources, ended depressing wartime restraints, curbed the runaway inflation and unleashed the boundless energy of our people to forge forward on the road to progress.

    In four years we have achieved the highest economic level with the most widely shared benefits that the world has ever seen. We of the Republican Party have fostered this prosperity and are dedicated to its expansion and to the preservation of the climate in which it has thrived.

    We are proud of our part in bringing into a position of unique authority in the world one who symbolizes, as can no other man, the hopes of all peoples for peace, liberty and justice. One leader in the world today towers above all others and inspires the trust, admiration, confidence and good will of all the peoples of every nation—Dwight D. Eisenhower. Under his leadership, the Republican Administration has carried out foreign policies which have enabled our people to enjoy in peace the blessings of liberty. We shall continue to work unceasingly for a just and enduring peace in a world freed of tyranny.

    Every honorable means at our command has been exercised to alleviate the grievances and causes of armed conflict among nations. The advance of Communism and its enslavement of people has been checked, and, at key points, thrown back. Austria, Iran and Guatemala have been liberated from Kremlin control. Forces of freedom are at work in the nations still enslaved by Communist imperialism.

    We firmly believe in the right of peoples everywhere to determine their form of government, their leaders, their destiny, in peace. Where needed, in order to promote peace and freedom throughout the world, we shall within the prudent limits of our resources, assist friendly countries in their determined efforts to strengthen their economies.

    We hold high hopes for useful service to mankind in the power of the atom. We shall generously assist the International Atomic Energy Agency, now evolving from President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" proposal, in an effort to find ways to dedicate man's genius not to his death, but to his life.

    We maintain that no treaty or international agreement can deprive any of our citizens of Constitutional rights. We shall see to it that no treaty or agreement with other countries attempts to deprive our citizens of the rights guaranteed them by the Federal Constitution.

    President Eisenhower has given the world bold proposals for mutual arms reduction and protection against aggression through flying sentinels in an "open sky."

    We support this and his further offer of United States participation in an international fund for economic development financed from the savings brought by true disarmament. We approve his determined resistance to disarmament without effective inspection.

    We work and pray for the day when the domination of any people from any source will have ended, and when there will be liberation and true freedom for the hundreds of millions of individuals now held in subjugation. We shall continue to dedicate our best efforts to this lofty purpose.

    We shall continue vigorously to support the United Nations.

    We shall continue to oppose the seating of Communist China in the United Nations.

    We shall maintain our powerful military strength as a deterrent to aggression and as a guardian of the peace. We shall maintain it ready, balanced and technologically advanced for these objectives only.

    Good times in America have reached a breadth and depth never before known by any nation. Moreover, it is a prosperity of a nation at peace, not at war. We shall continue to encourage the good business and sound employee relationships which have made possible for the first time in our history a productive capacity of more than $400 billion a year. Nearly 67 million people have full-time jobs, with real wages and personal income at record highs.

    The farmers of America are at last able to look to the future with a confidence based on expanding peacetime markets instead of on politically contrived formulas foredoomed to fail except in a wartime economy. The objective is to insure that agriculture shares fairly and fully in our record prosperity without needless Federal meddlings and domination.

    Restoration of integrity in government has been an essential element to the achievement of our unparalleled good times. We will faithfully preserve the sound financial management which already has reduced annual spending $14 billion below the budgets planned by our Democratic predecessors and made possible in 1954 a $7.4-billion tax cut, the largest one-year tax reduction in history.

    We will ever fight the demoralizing influence of inflation as a national way of life. We are proud to have fulfilled our 1952 pledge to halt the skyrocketing cost of living that in the previous 13 years had cut the value of the dollar by half, and robbed millions of the full value of their wages, savings, insurance, pensions and social security.


    "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

    by Statusquomustgo on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 01:05:19 PM PST

    •  My dad and my best friend's dad (4+ / 0-)

      Were both Union men. We lived across the street from each other. Both of our dads were railroaders and union men. My dad was a Republican, her dad was a Democrat. They both went to work every day, enjoyed the same union benefits, and once every 2-4 years voted for the party they thought would sustain those union benefits. We got into a big fight in the 1960 election, but it was about war, not about union rights.

      This is why I was a Republican until 1972, because the party at that time supported my family's way of life.  But starting with Nixon's re-election, it all went to hell for believers in the Republican party. The Southern strategy had worked. Suddenly, the poles of the two parties shifted. As a young Republican woman, I was being assaulted by that old bitch Phyllis Schlafly telling me that I shouldn't work, use my degree, seek any professional satisfaction for myself outside the home.  At the same time, the economy had shifted drastically to where our little family couldn't survive during Vietnam on one drafted airman's pay. I went to work, starting voting Democrat, and never looked back.

      Younger people today don't have any memory of when the Republican party really was mainstream and supportive of the working class.  It's true, they were! But that was long ago. Once they signed on to the racist, Bible-thumping Southern minority, they couldn't turn back. I'm not sure they ever can.

  •  One of the theories at that time was that (3+ / 0-)
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    American unions had been purged of communists and leftists and were a guard against communism and civic unrest. There was a movie (shown on TV at the time ) that implied that not going to union meetings was an invitation for a communist takeover. I have tried to run down a link but I remember watching it on

    The point was that community involvement including being involved with your friendly All American labor union was defense against the red menance. How times have changed.

    The Republicans are a lost cause. One of two things will happen. Either Republicans will fade away like the Whigs. Or they will regain power and destroy America. Which one of these happens is up to us. We can either pursue and fight for a progressive agenda that is both good policy and a radical departure from the policies of the Republicans. Or we can continue to be Republican-lite and present no real difference between the two parties.

    And before someone decides that I am ignoring or downplaying the achievements of the past 4 years let me remind you that this past election was not a landslide and that too many Americans believe there is no real difference between the the parties. Americans understood the difference between Democrats and Republicans right up until after Watergate. And when Bill Clinton became President the real policy differences shrank. So we either persuade more Americans that we have real and different solutions or risk losing power again. And if that happens, well I do not want to be around for the scorched earth policy of Republican government.

  •  My Grandad (3+ / 0-)
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    Was a hard core republican.

    He was a machinist and also was an organizer for the Textile Workers of America.

    My mom told stories of how he was nearly drowned by 2 guys, run off the road etc when he was down south.

    Fireworks are illegal in WV and my mom said they always knew when he returned home in the night because he'd set off fireworks all around the house.

    He died when Nixon was pres. He probably rolled over in his grave when Reagan broke the air traffic controllers union.

    His dad died when he was young and he grew up in poverty and was teased because he wore his sisters shoes to school.

    One of the family stories is there was this little rich kid in elementary school who wore velvet suits who made fun of him for wearing his sisters shoes.

    At lunch on the playground my Grandad rolled him in horse manure.

    It's interesting now how the GOP has sort of boxed itself in a corner.

    They are against gov't programs, supportive of deregulation that allows businesses to consolidate and control the market, but dead set against people consolidating their labor to get higher pay and benefits.

    If they are against govt intervention and against unions how do they propose to solve the problem of the decline of the middle class?

    I mean at one time they were able to convince working people their wages were declining due to taxes and cut their taxes.

    But now they even complain about the working class not paying enough taxes.

    Now it seems the line is accept the decline of the middle class and learn to live on less.

    I'm not sure that's a winning strategy for them and embracing labor would go a long way to making work pay.

  •  They also supported taxes for the wealthy (1+ / 0-)
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    "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

    by blueoregon on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 01:19:16 PM PST

  •  They also built infrastructure (1+ / 0-)
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    Some of them voted for civil rights. Eisenhower used force to turn court decisions into reality.

  •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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    Heck, my grandfather was a lifelong conservative Republican, and he was president of a major union in Philadelphia during the 1950s. He was also honored by the local chapter of the NAACP for his integration work.

    A gin and orange, a lemon squash and a Scotch and water, PLEASE! -6.75, -4.36

    by zkg on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 03:17:53 PM PST

  •  that GOP will never return thanks to St Ronnie /nt (1+ / 0-)
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    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:26:00 PM PST

  •  In the 70s When US Lost Auto Market Share (2+ / 0-)
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    to foreign companies, the unions too much of the blame. The anti-union feeling seemed to really pick up the pace after that.

    •  Carefully aimed blame starting in the 1970's.. (3+ / 0-)
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      ..The infamous Lewis Powell Memo memo.

      The Powell memo is a corporate blueprint to dominate democracy that was taking off in the 1970's:
       Forty years ago today, on August 23, 1971, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., an attorney from Richmond, Virginia, drafted a confidential memorandum for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that describes a strategy for the corporate takeover of the dominant public institutions of American society.

      Historian Kim Phillips-Fein describes how “many who read the memo cited it afterward as inspiration for their political choices.” In fact, Powell’s Memo is widely credited for having helped catalyze a new business activist movement, with numerous conservative family and corporate foundations (e.g. Coors, Olin, Bradley, Scaife, Koch and others) thereafter creating and sustaining powerful new voices to help push the corporate agenda, including
       • the Business Roundtable (1972),
       • the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC - 1973),
       • Heritage Foundation (1973),
       • the Cato Institute (1977),
       • the Manhattan Institute (1978),
       • Citizens for a Sound Economy (1984 - now Americans for Prosperity),
       • Accuracy in Academe (1985), and others.
      Unions were a main target of this conservative cabal

      Including: The long demise of Glass-Steagall

       We need Unions back at full people strength asap

  •  Wow, just wow (2+ / 0-)
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    I had no idea.

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    by randallt on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:28:11 PM PST

  •  Fixed it.... (4+ / 0-)
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    Once upon a time in 1956, there were Republicans who supported unions and Social Security
    Once upon a time in 1956, there were Republicans and Democrats who supported unions and Social Security.

    There, fixed it for ya.  

    •  Democrats support unions (2+ / 0-)

      why just last year President Obama put on a comfortable pair of shoes and walked the picket line with the good folks in Wisconsin.

      In addition, President Obama came out forcefully against the Michigan so-called "Right to Work" law when he, or somebody, sent out Assistant Press Secretary Matt Lehrich to announce that the President opposed the bill.

      You can't expect President Obama to say this himself as he's President of All the People and Can't Take Sides.

      •  There is certainly a great deal of lip service... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...from the Democratic Leadership, in support of organized labor.

        But when it comes to what really counts: the formulation and pursuit of economic policy, then the Democratic Leadership still puts Wall Street in the driver's seat (eg: Rubin, Summers, Geithner, Daley, etc); organized labor is still left on the outside, looking in. That is part of the reason why the Obama Administration and the rest of the Democratic Leadership has drunk the austerity Kool-Aid.

        Pull yourself up by your Mittstraps: borrow a few million dollars from your parents!

        by xynz on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:27:04 AM PST

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  •  Where's Mr. Wizard? nt (0+ / 0-)

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:33:47 PM PST

  •  that poster is a lie (4+ / 0-)

    that is just to trick people into voting Republican.

    Just like today when Republicans tell people they want to "protect" Medicare.

  •  And this year on Labor Day ... (4+ / 0-)

    Republicans could only salute job creators. Because actual working people, well, they contribute nothing.

    by Magenta on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:41:10 PM PST

    •  they're leeches and moochers (0+ / 0-)

      Frankly, if someone is stupid enough to leave $8,000 in an envelope when he goes to make a bank deposit and a job creator happens to find the envelope then the leech/moocher deserves to lose the money.

  •  Thanks for the history (3+ / 0-)
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    Of course, once upon a time, a Republican could be an environmentalist and an ACLU member, too.  And there were even "liberal Republicans".

  •  You have to wonder what (2+ / 0-)
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    the Club For Growth would think about that ad.

    "The pessimists may be right in the end but an optimist has a better time getting there" -- Samuel Clemons

    by native on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:53:12 PM PST

  •  we still have one or a few (2+ / 0-)
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    Republican state legislators here in Oregon who are somewhat supportive of unions.  Jackie Winters, a state senator, for example, but she's old enough that she might be in her last term.  Any others are probably not as good as her.

    ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

    by James Allen on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:55:31 PM PST

  •  Plenty imagine. (1+ / 0-)
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    Let's take the local postal workers union here in Staten Island.  They voted to endorse Michael Grimm who is in favor of doing away with the entire postal service and putting each and every one of them out of work.

    As long as you use your imagination anything is possible.  Just a shame it isn't reality.

    The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

    by Taget on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:58:44 PM PST

  •  My uncles were pretty staunch Republicans (6+ / 0-)

    who were also union stalwarts. It actually existed. I remember going to union Christmas meetings with my father and uncles where we kids got gifts from the unions! I was totally unprepared and delighted when I was ten and eleven.

    Also, there was disagreement with FDR but much respect.

    Gone with the wind.

    "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

    by Wildthumb on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:01:52 PM PST

  •  And one year later... (3+ / 0-)
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    Republicans in Indiana and Ohio passed right to work legislation in their respective states. There were protests at the capitals. There was screaming and howls of disapproval, just like now. Republicans ignored the will of the public, just like now, and Ohioans repealed the bill 2 to 1 just like SB5. Indiana wasn't as lucky. It needed LBJ's super majorities to bring enough Dems in office to make the change there (no people's veto).

    Don't be fooled. Nothing has changed.


    by LordMike on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:03:31 PM PST

    •  And it was a disaster then too (4+ / 0-)
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      FLASHBACK: Indiana’s Last ‘Right-To-Work’ Law Failed So Badly It Was Repealed Eight Years Later

      If the GOP had studied the state’s history, however, it might feel differently. Indiana Republicans passed a similar right-to-work law in 1957 over the objections of Democrats, labor leaders, and workers, and the law proved so unpopular that it lasted only eight years, as the Evansville Courier Press noted in November:
      However, the new law was so unpopular that many Republicans were turned out at the polls in 1958. By the 1960s, Democrats controlled both chambers of the General Assembly and the governor’s office. And in 1965, they repealed the right-to-work law.

      The events surrounding Indiana’s previous attempt at right-to-work bear an eerie resemblance to Indiana’s current efforts. Time Magazine, in its March 11, 1957 issue, reported that “some 7,500 wrought-up Indianans marched into the Statehouse in Indianapolis last week to protest against a ‘right-to-work’ bill,” which then-Gov. Harold W. Hanley (R) allowed to become law even though he “disliked the bill himself.” Last week, more than 10,000 workers marched through Indianapolis, and thousands have rallied at the state capitol this week. Current Indiana Gov. Daniels will sign the law despite previously saying that he though such a law would spark a “civil war” in the state.
      Republicans wrong then. Wrong today
      •  things are really different (0+ / 0-)

        We're nearly a century removed from the real labor struggles of the 19th and early 20th centuries that birthed unions to begin with. Also union membership is at an all time low mostly because manufacturing packed it's bags and went bye-bye, likely permanently. Being we're so far removed from the struggles, isolated incidents of corruption are blown out of proportion and union favorabilty is at an all time low. Also the pay gap between non-union vs union labor has grown to such as an extent that it's actually leading to anti-union feelings, especially against the public sector unions.

        You actually have to hand it to the corporations. They have more or less started a class war.. but not between them and the working man... but between the union and non-union

        •  And you continue to assist them by positing such (2+ / 0-)
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          utter bullshit as the lie that "we are so far removed from the struggles". You are repeating the right wing lie that unions were only needed 100 years ago and that now they are not. Complete fucking bullshit. You sound just like a Republican.

          Let's go back to E Pluribus Unum

          by hazzcon on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 06:44:49 AM PST

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  •  I'd probably be OK with Republicans, if not for (4+ / 0-)
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    most all of the current ones.

    "God bless us, every one!" ~ T. Tim

    by jwinIL14 on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:05:20 PM PST

  •  I grew up in an era (2+ / 0-)
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    when one could choose to be Republican because both parties had racist & anti-union elements.  In Jersey, one could take Sen. Clifford Case & Congresswoman Flo Dwyer, both supporters of civil rights & with some union support,  as models of reasonably enlightened Republicanism. What eventually made me  Democratic was my strong admiration for Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, before my time.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:16:41 PM PST

  •  At that time, a majority of workers (3+ / 0-)
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    Had endustrial or manufacturing jobs. With the rise of non-manual labour, there has been a precipitous decline in union membership except for public servants.

    Also the gop is not your fathers or grandfathers gop.

    Ike today would be a moderate Democrat.

    I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. -- S.I. Hayakawa

    by tapu dali on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:20:58 PM PST

  •  Ike today would be a liberal Democrat. (6+ / 0-)

    From a November 1954 letter Eisenhower wrote to his brother Edgar:

    "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

  •  Are you thinking what I'm thinking? (3+ / 0-)
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    Wouldn't this make a great T- shirt? I love the idea of being walking irony. and I'm sure many of the rest of you do to.

    Copyright isn't a problem ... It was published prior to 1963 without a copyright notice (as far as I can tell), so it's technically in the public domain.

  •  And what was the top tax rate again? (1+ / 0-)
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    A job-killing 40%?  No?  50? My God -- 60?


    How could this have been?

    My God how I despise these people today.  I like to believe in progress but seeing this gives me despair.

  •  I have a Nixon '72 doorhanger for CA Election Day (3+ / 0-)
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    It has a union bug on the bottom.

  •  Why did the Michigan labor rights referendum fail? (1+ / 0-)
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    When I looked at the referendum results, I noticed it was one of a bunch of constitutional amendments. Is that why it lost? It looked like all the amendments lost, and I'm wondering if voters voted against the number of amendments. When my state's Republican legislature looked like it was going to put a bunch of amendments on the ballots to get around the Democratic governor's veto, Democrats planned on running a "vote NO on everything" campaign, using the sheer number of amendments as the attack. Our Republicans thought better of it and stopped at two. They lost anyway, but given how a huge number of voters split their votes, it sure looks like "vote NO on everything" work. I'm wondering if there's a maximum number of amendments on one ballot, and above that voters just vote them all down. Maybe not in states that normally have lots of ballot measures, but in states that don't, maybe two is the limit. We normally just have one amendment or none.

    •  A couple of different factors seemed to play out (3+ / 0-)
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      New York Times

      Karla Swift, president of the Michigan A.F.L.-C.I.O., said that business heavily outspent labor in a blitz of ads during the two weeks before Election Day. Campaign spending reports showed that before then, the labor side had spent $21.5 million to promote the proposal while business groups and conservative donors had spent $23.4 million.

      “It’s very hard to stay in the game against a campaign of lies and distortions,” Ms. Swift said. She said the other side’s advertisements were inaccurate in claiming that Proposal 2 would bar school districts from firing teachers who had committed crimes.

      Also Bob King, the U.A.W.’s president, said
      ... Obviously we didn’t get our message out clearly enough to the general public,” he said. He said unions did not do a good enough job responding to what he said were the other side’s misstatements, such as claims that the proposal would bar schools from screening the employees they hired.

      “The intent of the constitutional amendment was to stop the legislature’s overreach over the past 18 months,”

    •  There was (1+ / 0-)
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      a big push against amendments in general, yes.  The idea of "why amend the constitution, it's fine the way it is."  Kind of similar to how Walker won his recall in WI largely by turning people against the idea of a recall.

      Another factor, I think, were the ads put out by the anti-union forces.  It seemed like once a week or so I got mailers basically saying that the collective bargaining amendment would make it so that schools could no longer do background checks before hiring, make it harder to fire teachers who were drunks, etc.  Which makes sense as a line of attack, because people have unfortunately been convinced teachers' unions are evil.

      It was a pretty shitty night for labor supporters when it came  to the ballot proposals.  There was another one that failed that would've provided home care workers with collective bargaining rights.

      On the other hand, the emergency manager law was repealed, and the misleading bridge proposal, as well as the one about needing a supermajority for tax increases, were both voted down.  So I guess that's a small consolation.

  •  In 1972 (0+ / 0-)

    they also supported peace.


  •  that was then (0+ / 0-)

    this is now, down with the gop, they must go.

  •  Unions were primarily white males at the time (0+ / 0-)

    So of course the Republicans supported them.

    It was when women and minorities started joining the unions, and forming their own, that the Republicans turned against them. Anyone that isn't a white male is the "other" they don't want having anything to do with running the country.

    Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

    by splashy on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:13:53 AM PST

  •  This is not your father's... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...Republican Party anymore, let alone your great grandfather's Republican Party that ended slavery or your grandfather's Republican Party that passed the anti-trust law.

    (-7.75,-5.64) Headline: "Man who told half the nation to go screw themselves somehow loses a national election".

    by Whirlaway on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:15:03 AM PST

  •  Uhhh, I Don't See Current "Democrats" (1+ / 0-)
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    in Congress extolling the benefits of union workers mentioned in the bul.let points in the GOP advertising featured here.

    Again, not long ago Obama's Chief of Staff stated "F*** the union".

    Obama did nothing when 1,000's of workers were rallying in Madison against Gov Walker's anti-union efforts there. in fact, Air Force One flew over the area twice-- as Obama made a campaign stop in MN, then flew to Chicago.


    "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:55:16 AM PST

  •  the GOP did however back Taft-Hartley (0+ / 0-)

    While it's nice to see a previous GOP acknowledge labor's contributions to the economy, do not forget that they backed the Taft-Hartley "right to work" concession to states' rights.

    The 50s had their own political battles & battlegrounds.  Labor rights  

  •  Can you imagine today's Democrats.... (0+ / 0-)

    ....pushing for an expansion of Social Security or Medicare?

    Neither can I.

    Pull yourself up by your Mittstraps: borrow a few million dollars from your parents!

    by xynz on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:20:09 AM PST

  •  You think that's something? Check this out: (0+ / 0-)

    Edward R Murrow produced a documentary for CBS called "Harvest of Shame" that detailed the terrible lives of migrant farm workers in the US.  (CBS did a reprise of this show 50 years later)

    Here is the video in its entirety:

    and here is the 50th anniversary segment CBS produced:  

    In the original video, at approximately 36 minutes in, they are interviewing Eisenhower's Secretary of Labor, Steven Mitchell.  He states, in effect, that the best thing the farm workers can do is start a union!  Then he went on to praise the unions that raised the standard of living for garment workers so greatly!  

    This was the labor secretary in a Republican administration.  My jaw nearly dropped the floor when I saw this.  

  •  I still consider it amazing how far both parties (0+ / 0-)

    have shifted just since the mid-20th Century.  It's hard to believe that Earl Warren, the finest Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, IMHO, was a Republican.

    It's hard to believe there was a time when a Republican senator (Jacob Javits) would criticize a Democratic president (JFK) for not doing more to advance civil rights.

  •  Ah yes, those were the good old days. (1+ / 0-)
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    Hell I remember a time when Democrats actually acted like Democrats, passed a Medicare program that literally lifted seniors out of poverty and dependency then fought all Republican attempts to weaken it.  I recall a time when Democrats were not obsessed with implementing the Republican agenda, when they actually cared about the effects of cuts to social programs to the poor, and vulnerable.  Ah yes, those were the good old days!

  •  Wow... This may be the best single (0+ / 0-)

    reminder of how far off track the Repubs have gone.  Wish it could be re-generated and put on billboards in a nationwide campaign to remind folks of what used to be standard politics, before the extreme right moneymen wrenched control of the Republican Party from the sensible ones.

    "Get off this estate." "What for?" "Because it’s mine." "Where did you get it?" "From my father." "Where did he get it?" "From his father." "And where did he get it?" "He fought for it." "Well, I’ll fight you for it." - Carl Sandburg

    by ceebee7 on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:11:06 PM PST

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