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Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks For Junior Strikebreakers

This week, we’ll be looking at our Christian textbooks’ coverage of the labor movement in the 19th century — a focus that seems especially timely on a weekend when striking BART workers in San Francisco are suspending picketing after two track workers were killed in an accident. 130 years ago, an accident like that in the middle of a strike might have triggered riots, which would then be an excuse to bring in armed strikebreakers; today, it’s cause for a candlelight vigil. So, progress, maybe. (And of course, the current strike has no shortage of voices calling for the banning of public employee unions, because Reagan fired the air traffic controllers.) Surprisingly, both of the Christian textbooks we’re reviewing acknowledge that there were actual problems caused by rapid industrialization following the Civil War. Our 11th/12-grade text from Bob Jones University Press, United States History for Christian Schools, emphasizes that industrialization raised standards of living, but also admits there was a human cost to industrialization. Although they had been accustomed to working long hours on farms, workers found that six twelve-hour days or more could be trying when combined with other factors such as unsafe factories and wage cuts. Hard times also brought war widows and children into the factories in order to make ends meet, further burdening the problems of the labor system. But don’t worry, despite this almost heretical admission that not all was well, the book very quickly shifts to blaming unions for violence and unrest. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks For Junior Strikebreakers…
 

Job Losses Fault of Mean Protesters And Not Scott Walker, Says Scott Walker

Wisconsin’s remorseless weasel governor Scott Walker has a very important theory about why his administration has failed in epic fashion to create the 250,000 jobs he promised by the end of his first term: DAMN PROTESTERS. The state is currently leading the country in job losses, you see, because the peaceful protests against Walker’s teacher union-crushing in Madison last year have sent all the business owners into hiding for fear of being eaten, by teachers. That is his argument. Read more on Job Losses Fault of Mean Protesters And Not Scott Walker, Says Scott Walker…
 

GM Earns Big Profit, Pays $4,300 Checks To 45,000 Labor Union Workers

General Motors is sure sounding communist these days. Maybe Scott Walker and Pedobear can catch a limo ride from the Koch Brothers over to Detroit, and then they can kill all these union members for working so hard on better products so that GM has made a profit for the first time since 2004. Read more on GM Earns Big Profit, Pays $4,300 Checks To 45,000 Labor Union Workers…
 

Hypocrite Mark Penn Talks Colombian Trade On The Down Low

For a few sad weeks in March, beloved Clinton advisor Mark Penn mysteriously disappeared. We expected Hillary was loaning herself another $5 million to keep Penn chained up someplace quiet with a large collection of porn and snack foods. But in fact new reports tell us he has been meeting with the Colombian ambassador to discuss a bilateral free-trade agreement … which his boss Hillary Clinton opposes. Next thing you know he will be meeting with the CANADIANS to talk about how much he secretly loves Nafta. Read more on Hypocrite Mark Penn Talks Colombian Trade On The Down Low…