President Obama has made some mild noises recently in favor of government workers and the right of collective bargaining. Nice. Not that he has done much to hearten the hard working Americans who have been on the picket lines in Wisconsin the last several weeks. Send them a Pizza?? Guess he has more important things to do.
Likewise to the Democratic establishment. No major elected Democrat has gone out on a limb to support Wisconsin’s workers. Not one has addressed a rally or shown up on the picket line..
Did I say out on a limb? Maybe not. The latest NYT Poll shows that Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60 percent to 33 percent. While a slim majority of Republicans favored taking away some bargaining rights, they were outnumbered by large majorities of Democrats and independents who said they opposed weakening them.
Those surveyed also said they opposed, 56 percent to 37 percent, cutting the pay or benefits of public employees to reduce deficits, breaking down along similar party lines.
A majority of respondents who have no union members living in their households opposed both cuts in pay or benefits and taking away the collective bargaining rights of public employees.
Funny. If a Democratic politician were to take a real stand on any issue, whether or not it is popular, this is the issue. Bargaining rights are as basic to the Democratic Party as is corporate greed to the GOOP. Bedrock, basic and fundamental. It should be the party mantra, especially in these times when unemployment is hovering at 9 percent and the GOOP has announced it thinks that is OK.
Now, it is certain that, in addition to being fundamental Democratic Party doctrine, this issue has legs with real Americans. Even the dumb ass independents, whose views are cherished by the party elite far more than my own, are already backing up the Wisconsin public employees. Here the GOOP is clearly on the wrong side of history. And the Party of Change? sort of in favor, I guess….(Give you two nickels for a pair of dimes…)