As Republicans in Wisconsin and around the country have seemingly launched an all-out assault on organized labor, progressives have looked for true leadership and guidance as they take to the streets in a fight to save the future of our middle-class. Back in November 2007 these working men and women had a their leader in then presidential candidate Barack Obama, who, at a campaign stop in South Carolina, was clear about his dedication to the collective bargaining rights of American workers:
Save for a brief comment during a Michigan television interview on February 18th wherein he proclaimed “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions,” President Obama has been virtually silent on the issue.
On Monday, in an address to the National Governors Association, President Obama gave his harshest criticism of whats happening in Wisconsin. “I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or when their rights are infringed upon,” Obama said in televised remarks. “We need to attract the best and brightest to public service. These times demand it.”
Strong words for sure, but a far cry from Candidate Obama’s promise to don a comfortable pair of shoes and join workers on the picket line.