George Will, David Broder — On Unions and Trade

By November 12, 2007Labor Unions, Trade

From Instapundit, University of Tennesse law professor Glenn Reynolds:

GEORGE WILL: Peru, and other menaces. Apparently, some people are scared of Colombia’s economic might, too. I’m told that union opposition to the Colombia free trade deal — which is very important for foreign policy reasons — stems not so much from the merits as from a desire to show that they can stop something.

Meanwhile, Will’s Washington Post columnist colleague, David Broder, writes about resurgent unionism in “Labor’s New Recruits.” The column highlights the work of the Big Labor group, Working America, going door-to-door to recruit people who support labor but do not belong to a union. Interesting enough piece, with details new to us.

But surprisingly (for the Dean of Washington Columnists) Broder does not challenge labor’s arguments that it played a deciding role in the defeat of Governor Ernie Fletcher in Kentucky by Democrat Steve Beshear. Beshear won with 58.7 percent of the vote. Sure, labor probably got out the vote, but Fletcher brought himself down with a bad record on ethics and corruption; Beshear campaigned on ethics.

Weird that Broder would not mention the ethics factor in the Kentucky race. Makes us question the thesis of his entire column.

A postcript on Fletcher: In Congress and then as Governor, Fletcher proved himself a good friend of manufacturing, which accounts for about 19 percent of Kentucky’s gross product. (State summary here.) We appreciate his many years of support and wish him well on his future endeavors.

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