No Party for Old White Men

No Party for Old White Men

For Nancy Pelosi, 78, Steny Hoyer, 79, and Joe Biden, 75, the primary results from New York’s 14th congressional district are a fire bell in the night. All may be swept away in the coming revolution. That is the message of the crushing defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley, who …

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Union Workers

The Fall of the House of Labor

In 1958, Senate Minority Leader William Knowland, his eye on the 1960 GOP nomination coveted by fellow Californian Richard Nixon, went home and declared for governor. Knowland’s plan: Ride to victory on the back of Proposition 18, the initiative to make right-to-work the law in the Golden Land. Prop. 18 …

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Salad Days of the Public Sector Are Over

San Bernardino, Calif., has now followed Stockton into bankruptcy. Harrisburg and Scranton, Pa., and Jefferson County, Ala., home to Birmingham, are already there to welcome them. Detroit has been taken into receivership by Michigan. A plan under discussion is to level a fourth of the city and reconvert it into …

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The Bell Tolls for the Government Unions

In 1919, after Boston police went on strike to protest the city’s refusal to recognize their new union, Gov. Calvin Coolidge ordered the National Guard into the streets. Sam Gompers, the legendary father of American labor, wrote the governor that the Boston police had been denied their rights. Coolidge’s terse …

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Vulture Capitalism or Populist Demagoguery?

“They’re vultures that are sitting out there on the tree limb, waiting for a company to get sick, and then they swoop in … eat the carcass … and … leave the skeleton.” So Rick Perry colorfully characterized the private equity firm Bain Capital, once run by Mitt Romney. How …

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