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The Card-Check Legislation


For the first time, the Democratic Congress has advanced legislation that makes for a clear political win for Republicans. Plenty of union-backed proposals have popular support and are tough for Republicans to argue against: the minimum wage, for instance. This time, all Republicans have to say is that they stood up for workers’ right to a secret ballot. Even Republicans in union-heavy districts (and there are still some left) should be able to do that. In fact, if organized labor ends up opposing their re-election, they can say: “I’ll tell you why the union leaders aren’t behind me. It’s because I’m trying to protect workers’ rights to vote in a secret ballot, and getting rid of that right is at the top of their agenda.” Republicans think they have won this fight, and I think they’re right.


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