Gatordoug’s excellent article at The Daley Gator got me to thinking. Basically, a teacher complained that she was not being paid enough, and Gov. Christie eventually replied “Well then, you don’t have to do it [teach school].” Go read the article.
That got me to thinking about Ronald Reagan. I will wager that many are too young to remember what Reagan did during his first year as President.
Almost thirty years ago, on Aug. 3, 1981, 12,000 plus members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization walked off the job. In response,President Reagan issued an ultimatum: he said the strikers were violating the law and that if they did not report to work within 48 hours, they would be fired. (Sounds reminiscent of the school superintendent who fired all the teachers recently.) They didn’t, and he did. Those who refused to return to work were fired. And they never got their jobs back. New workers were hired, and trained, and took the place of the strikers. I can see Gov. Christie doing that.
Remember, Ronald Reagan had once been president of the actors’ union, the Screen Actors’ Guild. [He was also a member of the Army Enlisted Reserve cavalry, back when they actually still rode horses?] And he was just an ex-radio disc jockey and B list actor. The controllers probably thought that they had the upper hand–I can not remember. Their work was essential and a walk-out paralyzed air traffic. To top it off, the U.S. President had once been the president of a union. Instead, without debate or discussion, he gave them his ultimatum. Liberals screamed and hollered and generally carried on as you might expect. But he said it, and he meant it, and he carried out his threat.
There were reasons why Reagan was elected by carrying almost every state in the union twice. He was a leader who was not afraid to tackle tough issues. Chris Christie appears to be cut from the same cloth.
In contrast, President Obama would probably join their picket line, and lobby to have all their demands met. He might have a touchy-feely gripe session to allow the strikers to air their grievances. But you know he would not fire them. The Mau-Mauer in Chief has his nose so far up the union leaders’ arses that he see whether or not they have ever had tonsilectomies.
I’m keeping my eye on Gov. Christie. I just wish he was from a Red State. Voting for anybody from a Blue State scares me.