Card Check Even Deader than Cap-and-Trade?

With cap-and-trade hitting the skids and health care in disarray, we haven’t heard much about the Free Employee Choice Act lately. Periodically, Tom Harkin pops up to declare a “compromise” pending, but we never see much evidence of it. There may be a reason for that. The latest Rasmussen poll shows just how unpopular its central plank, card check, is:

Thirty percent (30%) of Americans say it is fair to form a union without having a secret ballot vote if a majority of a company’s workers sign a card saying they want to unionize.

And perhaps that is why organized labor is now making health care its No. 1 priority. Certainly, the president and Congress have more important priorities. After all, when unemployment was under 8% back in January, Obama was telling the Washington Post that “If we’re losing half a million jobs a month, then there are no jobs to unionize, so my focus first is on those key economic priority items.”

Perhaps a crippling economic crisis was not the opening liberals initially considered it to be for springing their agenda on America. Some ideas actually sound worse when hundreds of thousands of people are losing their jobs each month. Taking away the secret ballot and imposing union contracts by mandatory arbitration are two such ideas that come to mind.