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(from Daniel Henninger at wsj.com) -- The central battle in our time is over political primacy. It is a competition between the public sector and the private sector over who defines the work and the institutions that make a nation thrive and grow.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy planted the seeds that grew the modern Democratic Party. That year, JFK signed executive order 10988 allowing the unionization of the federal work force. This changed everything in the American political system. Kennedy's order swung open the door for the inexorable rise of a unionized public work force in many states and cities.
This in turn led to the fantastic growth in membership of the public employee unions—The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the teachers' National Education Association.
They broke the public's bank. More than that, they entrenched a system of taking money from members' dues and spending it on political campaigns. Over time, this transformed the Democratic Party into a public-sector dependency.
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A trio of United Steelworkers' Local 6500 members, including a former presidential candidate and former treasurer candidate, face criminal charges in an alleged attack on a Vale Inco employee.
Patrick Veinot, who ran unsuccessfully against Local 6500 president John Fera in the local's executive elections last spring; bargaining team member Jason Patterson who ran unsuccessfully against Kevin Conley for treasurer, and Michael French have all been charged with criminal harassment.
In addition French also faces a charge of assault in connection with the incident which occurred Tuesday.
Greater Sudbury Police said the male victim "was out jogging in the area of Southview Drive when he was approached by three male suspects. During the encounter, one of the suspects is alleged to have assaulted the victim by kicking and punching him. The other two suspects are alleged to have encouraged the aggressor during the assault."
Police also said in the release that they "do not believe this to be a random act and believe that the victim was targeted." Vale Inco spokesman Steve Ball described the attack as "cowardly."
Davis, an educator and author committed to civil rights, delivered the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Laurie Auditorium, which was more than halfway toward its 2,700-person limit when people settled into their seats at 7 p.m. to hear her speak.
Throughout the 90-minute speech, titled “Social Justice, Feminism and MLK,” people were cheering and up on their feet clapping for Davis.
During the question-and-answer segment after Davis’ speech, a man who identified himself as the former secretary of the San Antonio Coalition to Free Angela Davis presented her with the original petition the group had circulated to help win Davis' release from jail in the early 1970s.As he read off the names of prominent San Antonio citizens who had signed the petition, the crowd again rose to its feet to cheer. Davis was acquitted of conspiracy charges in connection with the murder of a California judge.
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