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The Ghost of Reagan Past: FOX Conjures Up PATCO Strike

Reported by Marie Therese - December 20, 2005

At 8:23 AM ET this morning on FOX & Friends amid uplifting and enlightening comments, e.g. "This is not a day you would want to put your tongue on the rail," the three doyens of daybreak - Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Kiran Chetry - found time to discuss Ronald Reagan's 1981 intervention in the air traffic controllers' strike. At that time, much to the glee of his corporate donors and the chagrin of labor unions that had switched allegiance from the Democrats to the Republicans in the 1980 election, Reagan broke the union by invoking the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, claiming that the strike posed a threat to national security. He summarily fired 11,359 striking controllers and banned them from ever working for the federal government again. Since FOX News generally broadcasts what the White House is thinking, it's possible that the newly reconstituted "in your face" George Bush may try to give his Wall Street campaign donors some quid pro quo by repeating Reagan's union-busting in the New York City transit strike. Such a move would have the added benefit of taking the spotlight off Bush's own alleged criminal conduct in spying on unnamed American citizens. Interestingly, in an earlier segment, Constitutional Attorney Michael Gross made the charge that Bush won't release the names of those he spied on because it is, in fact, an "enemies list" and might include names such as Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan and Joe Wilson.

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