FDR Supports Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
If he were alive today, the patron saint of modern liberalism would back the GOP in the Wisconsin union fight.
11:28 AM, Feb 19, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In my post yesterday on the optics of the Wisconsin union battle, I noted in passing that FDR was quite vocally opposed to the creation of public sector unions. Roosevelt was an ardent supporter of unionism generally, but even he thought the idea of using collective bargaining against taxpayers was transparently problematic.
This is a potent talking point, so I'm glad to see that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Patrick McIlheran has a column fleshing out the history here:
Go ahead and read the whole thing. It's somewhat amazing given all the attention has been paid to the problems of public sector unions in the last year or two that there has been comparatively little written about the history of public sector unions. Understanding the relatively quick evolution of government unions is likely to make you realize that they're even more problematic and nakedly political than you thought.
So for even more detail on how we got into this public sector union mess, I highly recommend this National Affairs article on the subject by Daniel DiSalvo, "The Trouble with Public Sector Unions." It makes for great weekend reading and provides great context for understanding events in Wisconsin.