September 5, 2009

TRY NOT TO THINK OF A UNICORN:

Why Democrats lost the health care debate (Marta Mossburg, September 4, 2009, Washington Examiner)

I expected a Jesse Jacksonesque call to arms. What emerged was more like Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech.

[Wade Rathke, founder of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now] lamented the infighting within different unions and the inaction of Democrats in Congress on behalf of low-income Americans. "We're not going to get what many of us thought was possible a year ago," he said.

And even if organizers could unionize 100,000 or 150,000 Wal-Mart workers, no plan exists for how the organizations could handle the influx of new members, he said.

One bright spot is overseas, Rathke said, where unions are signing thousands of garbage pickers in India and Argentine cartoneros, the ultrapoor in Buenos Aires who recycle cardboard and other trash.

He said these informal workers are the fastest growing group of workers in the world. While that may be true, if the only place where U.S. unions are relevant is outside the United States, someone should be questioning the sustainability of their model.


You can almost feel sorry for the folks on the Left. Barack Obama is such a cipher that they were able to transpose their own dreams on to him at the same time he was taking advantage of that opacity to run to John McCain's Right. But what that meant is that his victory in the election indicated absolutely no change in the American people's hostility to the "progressive" project.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 5, 2009 8:06 AM
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