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The Fall of the House of Labor

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:43 AM
I love Pat's stance on foreign policy almost as much as I despise his positions on markets. Protectionism won't make us great again, Pat. The competitive advantages we had in the 50's (superior technology / superior productivity in our workforce) weren't sustainable. They were inevitably copied by the rest of the world. What we need is more freedom in markets, not less.

In 1958, Senate Minority Leader William Knowland, his eye on the 1960 GOP nomination coveted by fellow Californian Richard Nixon, went home and declared for governor.

Knowland's plan: Ride to victory on the back of Proposition 18, the initiative to make right-to-work the law in the Golden Land. Prop. 18 was rejected 2 to 1. Knowland's career was over, and the Republicans were decimated nationally for backing right-to-work.

Badly burned, the party for years ran away from the issue.

This history makes what happened in Michigan, cradle of the United Auto Workers, astonishing. A GOP legislature passed and Gov....