Friday, July 2, 2010

Let's go back to the America John Boehner grew up in

House Minority Leader John Boehner accused the Democrats of snuffing out the America he grew up in. He's 61. Michael Tomaskey describes the America of Boehner's youth:

...the top marginal tax rate on wealthy earners was 90%. It had gone up there during the war, and five, 10, 15 years after armistice, no sizable group, Democrat or Republican, felt any strong urge to lower it.

In the America John Boehner grew up in, private-sector union membership was around or above 30%. Today's figure is 7%. The right to form a union was broadly accepted. Outside of a few small turbulent pockets, there was no such thing as today's union-busting law firms hired by management to go into workplaces and intimidate workers.