After the War, they set out to force wages back down to pre-war levels.
The Hollywood Red Scare was all about intimidating people in the industry, especially those involved with the unions - if The Little Tramp could be black-listed as a Commie, anybody could be.
Reagan's "union" activities consisted of leading a studio-backed ticket to take over SAG and give in to all the studios' demands.
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While Reagan was often on the opposing side of unions due to the poltical machinations of his day, he did respect them and understood their place. That's radically left of the current GOP that wants to bust unions into oblivion.
Reagan negotiated a deal with the executives of the air traffic controllers union. He didn't bust them until they reneged on their deal and started an illegal strike.
I admit, though, it honestly surprised me after I shared the news of Johnson's nomination in the last thread, how the reaction was immediately 'He's only doing it for the money' and 'Why does he want to hurt Obama?'
Maybe it's just the third-party equivalent of campaign talking points: make allegations about the nominee's character based on stereotypes of his party, and complain about his role as a spoiler.
just a reminder
The most quoted speech at CPAC this year was Mitt Romney's, but my vote for the most significant goes to Grover Norquist's. In his charmingly blunt way, Norquist articulated out loud a case for Mitt Romney that you hear only whispered by other major conservative leaders.
They have reconciled themselves to a Romney candidacy because they see Romney as essentially a weak and passive president who will concede leadership to congressional conservatives:
All we have to do is replace Obama. ... We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.
The requirement for president?
Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.
This is not a very complimentary assessment of Romney's leadership. It's also not a very realistic political program: congressional Republicans have a disapproval rating of about 75%. If Americans get the idea that a vote for Romney is a vote for the Ryan plan, Romney is more or less doomed.
To date, sad to say, Romney has worked hard to confirm this image of weakness.
Nobody wants a president who acts as the passive instrument of even generally popular groups like labor unions. (Did you know that—despite decades of declining popularity—unions still have an approval rating of 52%? I didn't until I looked it up.)
But a candidate who appeases the most disliked people in national politics? That guy will command neither public affection nor respect.
Mitt Romney badly needs his Sister Souljah moment. Instead, he's running as Jim DeMint's doormat.
Which, as I said, seems to have had the effect of changing the reaction from "Johnson is going to help Obama win" to "Johnson is going to help Romney win." And that's what I was trying to rebut.
Absolutely true.And he doesn't need to win a state in order to influence the outcome which we saw in three consecutive elections.
Is Nevada the one you're counting as leaning Democratic? It does fluctuate back and forth, but now that I think of it, the swing-voters in Nevada might not be too partial to a Mormon candidate.Finally, of the five states that he mentioned, three are red states. But the other two (one that just leans Democratic) are worth more.
The reaction that was surprising to me was the "just wants to make money" bit.