Skip to comments.Gipper's Greatest Hits: Reagan Crushes the Air Traffic Controllers' Union Like an Insect
Posted on 03/12/2011 3:36:11 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
Thanks for the excellent Gipper post! One of his finest moments, indeed.
One little thing, however, I must disagree with Reagan on —
“We cannot compare labor-management relations
in the private sector with government...”
In fact, unions are quite harmful in both public and private arenas. No matter where they are, unions use their enormous political and liberal media power to intimidate management and rake in lucrative pay and benefits. As a result, both governments and businesses go bankrupt while foreign competitors step in to pick up the pieces.
When he faced down PATCO, I knew it.
That was pretty cool. I didn’t know how far this country has fallen until seeing the video. I was young when he was in office. I have seen the cliche of Reagan, but I have not seen this, and this is why he was respected.
You can say that again!
I agree that unions are harmful in the private sector as well.
And while Reagan was indeed in the union and participated in strikes, he also faced death threats from Hollywood unions when he went against the 1947 studio strike, fighting Soviet agent Herb Sorrell, the thug leading the union and strike.
SO, I don’t know how much he really like unions... imo he was perhaps was just adding this to the air traffic controller’s press conference to bring balance to his argument, as many in his cabinet where scared of the political repercussions of a mass firing... he couldn’t just go up there and say “all unions suck” lol
It also reminded me that so many of the reporters asking these dumb-assed questions were just as clueless on how the American Republic was designed to work as their counterparts today.
Thanks S-bot... that’s precisely why I post these
And yeah, we’ve fallen plenty far- it’s sickening
Anyone voting for Obama, it must be like the feeling you get after stepping in dog crap. The stink follows you and you don't want anyone to know what you did.
You’re right — he had good political reasons for including the line in the PATCO speech. I just wanted to take a shot at unions :-)
Here is a good shot at “Public” unions.......http://www.carolinajournal.com/opinions/display_story.html?id=7502
BTW, she wasn't an air traffic controller when I worked with her.
I remember a patron at a bar I frequent telling me he voted for Obama and we on the right deserved it. (for being racists I suppose) He was upset that I had played the “Movin on up” Jeffersons theme on the DJ system. I wonder how he feels now?
The resolve he displayed during the PATCO strike was duly noted by the Soviets and the rest of America’s enemies, to America’s benefit.
You know what’s really sickening?? The way you shamelessly cut and paste your “material” directly from Wikipedia. You don’t have the skill or the common sense to even attempt to do your own writing.
Ronald Reagan had many great attributes, but in-your-face plagiarism was decidedly NOT one of them!
thanks — that is a good shot at the public unions that are taking good shots at taxpayers.
None of them who truck ever worked again as Air Traffic Controllers, I don’t believe. He basically fired them and saw to it they were never hired again as I recall.
You mess with he Bull you get the Horn.
This incident is one of the main reasons Steve Earle whines about the Republicans and the right. It seems Earle’s brother and father were ATC in the San Antonio area. I like the music but hate his pontificating lefty remarks while the show is on. I was reared in the same area as he and catch his b.s. remarks when he makes things up.
Wis. Gov should fire them all, and hire back any that want to work at beginners wages...would save the state MILLIONS. Besides sending a strong message.
Agreed. AND, they should be taking videos and names of all those who attended the rally illegally though sick days, etc., and fire them as well.
Very interesting tidbit, Doug... thx
Explains a few things, don’t it
Yep GG, Soviet archives called Reagan “a firm and unbending politician for whom words and deeds are one in the same” and a “dedicated anti-communist”
"We begin bombing in five minutes."
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