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Corporate Money Loses In Ohio
The 'American Awakening' that began in Madison, Wisconsin, and may have been some of the impetus behind the "Occupy" movement was missing one thing. They had yet to win a victory at the ballot box. The recall elections in Wisconsin were a 'moral victory' of sorts, but Labor and it's progressive allies lacked something absolute.
That victory may have come Wednesday in Ohio. That State's voter's resoundingly rejected a proposal similar to Wisconisin's union-busting laws. The defeat of the bill came despite large contributions from out-of-state interests, mostly corporations and corporate-fronted groups. Despite this defeat at the polls, the "%1" and it's allies are planning on a referendum to make Ohio a "Right To Work" state, along the lines of many of the Southern States.
That is for another hub, and likely that issue would suffer the same fate as Issue 2 did. But what can Democrats take from this victory.
For one, Labor can still be a force. Rather than "breaking the back" of labor, pro-"%1" governors in places like Wisconsin and Ohio have gotten labor to 'grow a spine', and build coalitions with other individuals and groups committed to econonmic justice.
Second, if people see an economic interest, they will vote for it. A lot of people in Ohio likley did see that if public employees had their rights denied, theirs could be next. Public employees are likely one of the last bastions of organized labor. Break them, and the road to 'USA Inc' becomes that much smoother.
But what to do with this knowledge? For one, turn the 'Jobs Bill' into a series of referendums of sorts. GOP opposition likely comes from some provision that threatens some corporate interest, when a piece is voted down, call them out on it. Mention that they've voted with that industry, or 'Corporate America'.
Second, throw something a bit meatier than a 'bone'. 'Card Check' a labor-backed effort to make it easier for workers to organize might be a nice gesture of good faith.
Finally, realize that the "Occupy" movement is at least a partial offshoot of this. Listen to some of their demands.
The 'Tea' might be wearing off the electorate, many of the folks who voted against Issue 2 may have voted FOR Kasich. They now see that they voted for the Koch Brother's, big banks, and the "%1". The next 12 months will see how well the Democrats can capitalize on this growing reality.
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