A rightwing family member just sent me a clip of a Lerner talk as an example of how the unions are taking over America and want to destroy the economy. (Wasn't Lerner fired from the SEIU? Anyway...) As is always the case, if something pushes buttons for those on the right, it probably has some merit. I think Lerner's on to something when he talks about creating a crisis for the rich. Much of the rhetoric that receives the imprimatur of the media is based on this idea that there's some sort of misunderstanding--as if we're all working for the same vision of shared wealth and fairness. As Lerner points out, this is nonsense.