Odd Man Out/To the Left of FDR and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
“The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into public service,” Roosevelt wrote in 1937 to the National Federation of Federal Employees. Yes, public workers may demand fair treatment, wrote Roosevelt. But he wrote, “I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place” in the public sector. “A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government.”
Meanwhile, President Obama has staked out a position far to the left of FDR......
Hat tip to Ann Althouse, who flagged McIlhern's op-ed here.