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Chavez Vs. Unions

Linda Chavez has a new book called Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics. Because we’re all Reagan, all the time right now, I’ll even supply a Reagan angle. Linda (my former boss) was working at the American Teachers Union in the early 1980s when the White House tapped her to join the Reagan team–Linda was one of those fabled “Reagan Democrats” who eventually became a Reagan Republican. I remember her telling me once that she had wanted to switch her party affiliation, but the White House asked her to remain a Democrat a bit longer because she was more useful that way, given the political premium on “bipartisanship.” At any rate, Linda knows how unions work from the inside and would have made a splendid secretary of labor if the Bushies hadn’t gotten cold feet three years ago. As a consolation, we do have this book–which I recommend highly.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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