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Make the World Go Away

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EddyArnoldRR.jpgWhat motivated the fire fighters union and District Council 33 to endorse Milton Street?

In a regular piece I do for the Fels Institute of Government at Penn, I parse the motives and meaning of the union endorsements, saying it pushes to new limits the old adage that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

What is striking about the union endorsements are not the political implications -- I don't think they will amount to much in terms of votes -- but what they reveal about psyches of two unions. To them, Street represents a way to stave off the future and to take them back to the good old days when the unions usually got what they wanted from city government.  He is a trip in the time machine, back to the 1960's and 70's when municipal unions reigned. Oh, to return to those happy days.

So, I offer up a new anthem for the unions.  It is Eddy Arnold's 1966 hit Make the World Go Away.  Here is how it begins:

Make the world go away
Get it off my shoulder
Say the things we used to say
And make the world, make it go away


 

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