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Writer: Don’t Allow More Idahos

In an article titled, "Mr. President: Use the damn bully pulpit!" Sasha Abramsky writes in Salon that Barack Obama should stand up for working people. Otherwise, Abramsky argues, other states will become "reliably hyper-conservative" like Idaho. "We are sleepwalking toward the abyss," says Abramsky, who also writes for Nation magazine. "It’s time for Obama to expend some capital shaking the country out of its slumbers. The Republicans have crossed a Rubicon in Wisconsin; Obama needs to marshal the pushback, and he needs to do so now." Abramsky suggests Idaho, which in 1985 enacted a Right to Work law barring union membership as a condition of employment, is a measure of things to come if Obama doesn't resist GOP efforts to cripple unions/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you mind that Idaho is being held up as an example of hyper-conservatism?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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