by Lindsay Beyerstein
How our blog got its name
Sidney Hillman was a powerful national figure during the Great Depression, a key supporter of the New Deal, and a close ally of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
When the rumor spread that President Roosevelt ordered his party leaders to “clear it with Sidney” before announcing Harry S. Truman as his 1944 running mate, conservative critics turned on the phrase, trumpeting it as proof that the president was under the thumb of “Big Labor.”
Over the years, the phrase lost its sting and became a testament to Hillman's influence.
It's hard to imagine a labor leader wielding that kind clout today, but we like the idea—and we hope Sidney would give thumbs up to our blog.
#Sidney's Picks: Health Care, Middle Class Struggle & Goofy Marriage Counseling
Sidney's Picks: The Best of the Week's News
- Jeff Tietz of Rolling Stone on the decline of the American middle class.
- Irin Carmon of Salon.com on Kenyan women jailed for being unable to pay their maternity hospital bills.
- Atul Gawande of the New Yorker on health care reform.
- Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones on the GOP's goofy marriage counseling program.
- Tom Hamburger of the Washington Post on Mitt Romney and outsourcing.
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[Photo credit: Wander Mule, Creative Commons.]