President Barack Obama is the architect of the economic policies that ultimately lead to attacks on workers’ rights and living conditions across the US.
But the strength of the movement and opposition to the Republicans, has forced him and the Democrats to back the protests in Wisconsin.
This has helped to bolster their standing among protesters.
Until now, the Democrats had forced through cuts and claimed that their hands were tied by the economic crisis.
But no one should expect the Democrats, which is a bosses’ party, to be a consistent friend of those fighting for change.