The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, is known for sometimes trying too hard, shifting his views with those of the audience he is addressing. Which gives us these words of praise for unions we might have expected more from Barack Obama than any Republican looking to replace him.

“Unions have played a very important role historically in balancing in some cases the egregious actions of some employers and have been important to the development of our economy,” Romney told those gathered for a town hall meeting in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire this morning.

Presumably, this is Mitt Romney continuing his straight-to-the-general-election push, but he needs to be careful not to be too nice to unions, a favorite punching bag of Republicans, seeing as how they fight for workers’ rights and for middle class benefit packages and all.

The historical precedent here is Ronald Reagan peeling off union voters in 1980 and 1984 from their traditional Democratic affiliation. And indeed, even in his successful 2008 run, Barack Obama won only 59 percent of the vote in union households, suggesting that older, white members remain alienated from their traditional party, and that social issues–as opposed to economic ones–significantly affect some members’ voting behavior. [Politico]

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

When times become challenging, it is common for people to overlook their own needs. There are two ways that you can proactively take care of yourself. One is to have an annual wellness check-up with your primary doctor. The other is to visit your dentist twice a year for your teeth.

Why Visit Your Primary Care Doctor?

It is essential that adults visit their primary care provider at least once a year. This service is typically covered by insurance and can be a preventative check to catch any type of condition that might be lurking. Your doctor discusses your medical history with you, determines any risk factors, and performs an exam. Your primary doctor can determine if you need any exams, testing, or referral to a specialist. During this time, your doctor will review medications with you, provide vaccinations, and manage any diseases you may have.

Keep reading... Show less