If you need an example of just how much liberals live in the past, in their glory days of the New Deal, instead of in the present, consider Paul Krugman’s latest column. He writes:
On paper, we’re a one-person-one-vote nation; in reality, we’re more than a bit of an oligarchy, in which a handful of wealthy people dominate. Given this reality, it’s important to have institutions that can act as counterweights to the power of big money. And unions are among the most important of these institutions. You don’t have to love unions, you don’t have to believe that their policy positions are always right, to recognize that they’re among the few influential players in our political system representing the interests of middle- and working-class Americans, as opposed to the wealthy. Indeed, if America has become more oligarchic and less democratic over the last 30 years — which it has — that’s to an important extent due to the decline of private-sector unions.
You can practically see the top-hatted plutocrats of turn-of-the-20th-century cartoons in that paragraph. Only the brave men of labor stand between American democracy and the dark night of overweening capitalist power. Aux barricades!
But as Timothy P. Carney of the Washington Examiner points out, this is nonsense. Of the top 10 contributors to federal campaigns over the past 20 years, five are labor unions; and the top giver, ActBlue, gives exclusively to Democrats. Of the top 20 PACs in the last election, 10 were labor unions. You have to go down to number six, the National Association of Realtors, before you get to an organization that isn’t firmly of the left. Of the 10 top contributing industries in the last election, all 10 gave more money to Democrats than to Republicans. Number one were lawyers, who gave a lot more to Democrats.
No wonder the left is so up in arms in Madison. They see their biggest money bags in mortal peril.