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Melissa Harris-Perry: All Workers Do Well When Union Workers Do Well

Mitt Romney is struggling mightily in the primary fight in Michigan, which all the pundits assume would be a cakewalk for him. Being both a native son and the actual son of a popular governor, the conventional wisdom was that he'd lock up the

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Mitt Romney is struggling mightily in the primary fight in Michigan, which all the pundits assume would be a cakewalk for him. Being both a native son and the actual son of a popular governor, the conventional wisdom was that he'd lock up the win fairly easily.

But that's before Mitt Romney opened his mouth.

In a state where unemployment rates have run consistently higher than the national average over the last ten years, suffering from outsourcing in the automotive industry and the economy commensurately imploding, there is no geographic or genetic claim that could immunize Romney from such anti-populist rhetoric as

"Corporations are people, my friends"
"Let Detroit go bankrupt"
I’ve taken on union bosses before, and I’m happy to take them on again. I sure won’t give into the UAW.

In the premiere episode of her eponymous show, Melissa Harris-Perry shows some hard facts to dispute: when union workers do well, all workers do better.

Welcome, Melissa, to my weekend viewing fold. But I don't know that the native son of Michigan can look past his own privileged upbringing to see that what he advocates is bringing all Americans down.

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