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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - George Meany
Avert your gaze. Show some respect for the deeply troubled. Richard Trumka, the portly president of the AFL-CIO, has come forward with a pathetic acknowledgment of organized labor's weakened condition, and I suggest compassion. In fact, his proposal suggests the moribund condition of the American left, and I urge a dignified silence.
At anti-war rallies in the 1960s and '70s, ragtag leftists rejoiced in belting out a song they learned from such "progressive" folk singers as Joan Baez and Pete Seeger: "I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night/ Alive as you and me./Says I, "But Joe, you're ten years dead."/"I never died," says he./"I never died," says he.
"Raise our taxes!" Can you imagine chanting such a slogan at a public rally? Neither could most Americans.
Given all the recent discussion about collective bargaining, it's surprising how misunderstood it is. The most pernicious myth - which serves as the foundation of many others - is that public employees have a "right" to collectively bargain over wages, benefits and working conditions.