The Kennedy Democrats and the rise of the public unions

Here’s a beautiful matched set:

The first part of the set is Daniel Henninger’s truly brilliant article about the way in which President Kennedy’s 1962 executive order allowing federal workers to unionize “transformed the Democratic Party into a public-sector dependency.”  Henninger thinks this dependency broke down yesterday in Massachusetts.

The second part of the set is the Supreme Court’s decision to break the back of McCain-Feingold, prompting this petulant outburst from President Obama:

“With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics,” Obama said.

“This ruling gives the special interests and their lobbyists even more power in Washington — while undermining the influence of average Americans who make small contributions to support their preferred candidates.”

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  • Wilson

    Obama said the campaign finance system was already “broken” back in the summer of 2008 when he flip-flopped on his promise to rely on public financing.  Why the sudden fondness for a system he shunned?

  • Danny Lemieux

    I propose that what we are seeing is a backlash against the growing power of the parasitic classes, and the parasitic classes (which include their spokesman in the White House) are not happy.

  • Ymarsakar

    Power is their euphoria and money their means of arriving there.

  • Ymarsakar

    “Now, robber barons can act like parasites striking at the very roots of our democracy,” Schumer said.
    These parasites actually have the gall to call their paid for lackeys in Wall Street, parasites?
    In the age of the gun and the death by duel, they would never have dared to do any such things except in the halls of great secrecy. Even the corrupt dock superviser that Andrew Jackson appointed to New York, escaped with millions in embezzled funds overseas. Didn’t try to defend himself anywhere on this continent.

  • Ymarsakar

    When people like Helen Losse talk about white institutional racism, it’s not hard for me to take whatever anger she has over this issue, blow it up 1,000 fold, and direct it towards the Ted Kennedies of the Left. Dear Helen’s lovely allies.
    It’s very easy. And if you don’t believe me, you can try it out yourself. Just replace ‘Right Wing robber barons and racists’ with “The Left”.