Blue Dogs and Citigroup Fight the Employee Free Choice Act

Even the “Blue Dog” Democrats should be alarmed about bailed out banks taking billions in taxpayer funds only to lobby against this era’s Wagner Act.

I don’t think so.

Labor gaining ground was essential to putting the economy back together after the Great Depression and it is essential today. The activists working in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act are to President Barack Obama what the civil rights movement was to John F. Kennedy, or the C.I.O. was to Franklin Roosevelt. It’s time to level the playing field no matter what the cretins say.

Come On, Blue Dogs! Get real. We’re building the foundation for the global Green Industrial Revolution and any company that wins federal contracts must be unionized, hence, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The National Labor Relations Act was a pillar of the New Deal. The Employee Free Choice Act makes economic sense because it will put upward pressure on wages that could increase consumption.

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh and his like-minded spendthrift colleagues should not stand with Mitch McConnell and the Republicans against Keynesian solutions to the current crisis. These times do not call for Hooverite budget tightening. Remember, it was a similar “belt tightening” on the part of FDR that led to the recession of 1937 after years of success.

We should also remember that the last time the world experienced such a dramatic economic collapse was the 1929-1932 period. The hardships in some industrial societies led to some pretty crazy political forms and movements. And it was not until World War II, with its massive spending and “creative destruction,” the world really lifted itself from economic stagnation.

joseph-palmero.gifI don’t want another world war to stimulate the economy. We’ve had enough of the military Keynesianism, it’s time for some civilian Keynesianism.

by Joseph Palermo

Joseph Palermo is Associate Professor of American History at CSU, Sacramento. He’s the author of two books on Robert F. Kennedy: In His Own Right (2001) and RFK (2008).

Originally published by The Huffington Post. Reprinted with permission from the author.


  1. How to Get Six Pack Fast says

    I noticed that this is not the first time at all that you write about this topic. Why have you decided to write about it again?

  2. says

    I agree. This is definitely like the depression. The job situation is terrible. I have been out of work since last October.

  3. says

    Great piece. We were at our most stable when unions and the middle class flourished. We were in the business of building a manufacturing economy and everybody profited–though the Fat Cats, not so much.

    When did we lose our way and come to accept–again–that the rich should get richer on the backs of the workers? It isn’t the first time, and we seem never to learn. Labor movements have always been ultimately necessary in order to counter and quash the greed of the moneyholders. Greed trumps fair play every time.

    Our labor force is pathetically feeble these days, and yet there is this outcry against workers that is truly baffling. Who are the consumers when nobody has money to buy anything other than the barest necessities?


    • jon says

      This legislation turnsd the basic tenent of democracy, the freedom to vote privately without intimidation, on it's head. it is truly an outrageous attempt by the unions and their lackeys to recreate an era 93% of American workers in the private sector have lft behinfd long ago. Even george McGovern one of our last tru "liberals" opposes this awful legisaltion. Shame on you!Enter text right here!

  4. Commie Mommie says

    So.. you’re against private ballots and you’re for extortion and intimidation and anti competition?

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