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How Scott Walker Turned the GOP Against Workers

As Wisconsinites turn in petitions to recall Scott Walker, the nation's attention will turn to to see if the unpopular GOP governor can be unseated.

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Aren’t there any prominent Republicans who think unions make a positive contribution to society?

I found one.  This guy says: “Collective bargaining…has played a major role in America’s economic miracle. Unions represent some of the freest institutions in this land. There are few finer examples of participatory democracy to be found anywhere. Too often, discussion about the labor movement concentrates on disputes, corruption and strikes. But while these things are headlines, there are thousands of good agreements reached and put into practice every year without a hitch.”

Who is this Republican outlier who spoke about “the sacred right of American workers to negotiate their wages”?

A fellow named  Ronald Reagan. Some people used to think he was quite a Republican. But Reagan’s no Scott Walker.


John Nichols is The Nation's Washington correspondent.

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