While in the campaign, Barack Obama defined himself as a new kind of poltician, it was the man whose legacy he’s trying to undo who embodied in his actions the ideals Obama promotes in his rhetoric.
Once elected in 1980, Ronald Reagan governed as he had campaigned.Â He did not cast aspersions on her adversaries, blaming them for our nation’s problems.Â He did not propose sweeping new federal programs at odds with his campaign rhetoric.Â He sought to build bridges with his political opponents.Â He did not push legislation merely to appease the various interest groups who formed his coalition.
And yet that’s what Obama and the Democrats are doing in their support of card check, legislation that would make it easier for union organizers to intimidate workers to join their ranks.Â Democrats push their so-called “EFCA” bill even as polls show that overwhelming majorities of non-union workers are not interested in joining unions.
The primary support for this proposal comes not from workers clamoring for tools making it easier for them to organize, but from unions interested in swelling their ranks in order to increase their power — and that of their favored political party, the Democrats.
Jennifer Rubin sums it up:
But there is something more fundamental at stake. This is legislation for and by aÂ special interest group. There is no popular groundswell or demonstrable need for it. We don’t have tales of woe from employees unable to organize. We don’t hear about frustrated employees who, but for the secret ballot, would have union representation. Some may have a visceral reaction to losing the secret ballot or feel badly about the â€œplight of workers.â€ But they are not clammoring for any change in the law.
The president’s support of this legislation is yet another sign that his “new kind of politics” is mere rhetorical subterfuge.Â It shows him pushing a policy not to promote the national interest but to appease an interest group.
And I had thought that kind of appeasement was something he had run against in his campaign.