President Barack Obama came out against union strikes this week. He may not have meant to, but that’s precisely what he did while delivering a speech on Thursday. As he was making the case that House Republicans were failing America by refusing to work because they weren’t getting their way, he said something along the lines of: “If a worker shut down a manufacturing plant until they got what they wanted, they’d be fired.”
Charles C.W. Cooke of the National Review caught this slip, and pointed out the irony at work here. A liberal president and champion of unions comes out in direct opposition to the main tool unions use to express their displeasure: strikes.
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