Yesterday John Nichols wrote a great piece in the CapTimes outlining how Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union fantasyland simply isn’t working when it comes to winning him votes.
The point is not that contemporary Republicans returned to their party’s pro-labor roots.
The point is that even Republicans recognize that Walker cannot produce evidence that his “unintimidated” assault on workers and their unions has yielded meaningful fiscal or economic progress.
Attacking unions never yields the benefits that the attackers claim are just around the corner. That’s because the first Republican president was right when he told Congress, “Labor is prior to and independent of capital.”
Some truths are self-evident. And Abraham Lincoln stated one of them when he argued: “Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”