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Engaging with Democrats

Engaging with Democrats By Bob Master On the Contrary Engaging with DEmocrats Disillusionment with Democrats is one of the oldest—and most familiar—sentiments of labor progressives. Sadly, the first twenty-one months of the Obama era haven’t done much to alter those feelings. Without question, there has been progress on a number of critical issues—economic stimulus, health care reform, financial reform, key appointments at OSHA and the National Mediation Board (which oversees dramatically to the right. In state capitals like railway and airline labor relations)—whic Th renton and Albany, it is almost as if the Obama would have been unimaginable in a victory, and the potential ideological shift it Republican presidency. But the frequent signified, never happened. The vicious rightward ideological and political vacillation of t sh kie d of state and local politics, drenched in the new administration and its congressional economic anxiety of the Great Recession and allies on a range of issues has given rise to a echoing powerfully of Reaganism and California’s surge of anger and frustration among laboP r roposition 13, has been stunning to labor and activists who had fervently hoped thac t ommunity activists. In New York State, for Obama’s victory would at last inaugurate e a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Engaging with Democrats

New Labor Forum , Volume 19 (3): 6 – Oct 1, 2010

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SAGE
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© 2010 Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY
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1095-7960
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1557-2978
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10.4179/NLF.193.0000004
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By Bob Master On the Contrary Engaging with DEmocrats Disillusionment with Democrats is one of the oldest—and most familiar—sentiments of labor progressives. Sadly, the first twenty-one months of the Obama era haven’t done much to alter those feelings. Without question, there has been progress on a number of critical issues—economic stimulus, health care reform, financial reform, key appointments at OSHA and the National Mediation Board (which oversees dramatically to the right. In state capitals like railway and airline labor relations)—whic Th renton and Albany, it is almost as if the Obama would have been unimaginable in a victory, and the potential ideological shift it Republican presidency. But the frequent signified, never happened. The vicious rightward ideological and political vacillation of t sh kie d of state and local politics, drenched in the new administration and its congressional economic anxiety of the Great Recession and allies on a range of issues has given rise to a echoing powerfully of Reaganism and California’s surge of anger and frustration among laboP r roposition 13, has been stunning to labor and activists who had fervently hoped thac t ommunity activists. In New York State, for Obama’s victory would at last inaugurate e a

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Published: Oct 1, 2010

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