Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Daniels To Indiana GOP Legislators: Drop Union-Busting Bill

Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Indiana), in a radio TV broadcast, called on members of the state legislature from his own party to drop the anti-union "right-to-work" bill:

"I'm not sending the state police after anybody. I'm not gonna divert a single trooper from their job of protection the Indiana public. I trust that people's consciences will bring them back to work. ... For reasons I've explained more than once I thought there was a better time and place to have this very important and legitimate issue raised."
It's not that Daniels disagrees with the idea of union-busting: it's that he understands that as long as that issue is up in the air, not one other damned (or blessed) thing will be accomplished in the legislature.

I've said it before: when an assault on the right to organize offends even some Republans, it's time to call off the fight. Many GOPers seem to be just fine with stripping people's rights, but maybe it takes only a few of them in powerful positions to read the handwriting on the wall... even if the rest of them seem unable to read.


  1. When Mitch Daniels is the good guy, you know you're in deep doo-doo.

  2. Indeed, Mad. There are no good guys left in the GOP, and few enough in the Democratic Party. There are only two flavors of either of them: more insane and less insane.

  3. At least he's doing the right thing. Is he up for re-election soon?

  4. Kay, see what Mad has to say above. Daniels generally has very little to recommend him as a human being.

  5. According to Melissa at Shakes, Daniels wants to run for President, and doesn't see this as a winner.

    Hell, even Florida's Fraudster in Chief bailed on this one, so you know it's a loser.

  6. Bryan, as I pointed out in another post, The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights contains an article that lists the right to form and to join trade unions to protect one's interest. It's possible that despite all the claptrap the American people have been subjected to, they understand that there is a fundamental right to organize. Current polls seem to show that is true, CW notwithstanding.



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