Thus, from their perspective, the working class gained nothing. In material terms they did poorly and all they got in the bargain was to be characterized as racist. Thus, the wedge between the working class and the Democratic party has grown wider still.It is true that unions remain part of the Democrat coalition, but this means less and less. Union membership is in decline, and is indeed already a minority of the working class overall. Further, the rank and file are less and less following the lead of their union leadership. Union presidents still wish to be seen with Democratic leaders, but the rank and file want less and less to be seen with union leaders.Thus another split between the working class and the Democratic party. Suffice to say into this has appeared Mr. Trump's populism. He is not a conservative in the Reagan tradition, but rather advocates a mishmash of tax cuts, protectionism, immigration enforcement and working class resentments to which, so far, the Democrats have only offered cultural condescension and policies that no longer really address working class needs.Put it all together and, for the time being, the GOP is far better representing working class interests than are the Democrats. The times, they are a changin', to say no more.
Type-o:This sentence: "It seems rather unlikely, particularly since the GOP has tended to carry the lower middle and working class vote over the last two presidential elections. "Should read: "It seems rather unlikely, particularly since the GOP has tended to carry the lower middle and working class vote over the last two elections." Note: The last two elections (2016 and 2018) and not the last two Presidential elections (The working class voted Democrat - narrowly - in 2012.)
And the whole, they work for the rich and don't care about us mentality, is really just juvenile thinking on issues people do not fully comprehend. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid currently cost more than they take in. You either have to cut benefits, raise the retirement age, or increase revenue to balance the budget. All of those options are unpopular, but if nothing is done then we will continue racking up the national deficit. Interest payments steadily increase as the National debt balance grows larger, which accelerates the problem.
ouch. Harsh words, but I probably agree.
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Explain to me how? Democrats traditionally tend to be supportive and on the side labor unions.
Back in the day they did. Now democrats hate the working class... they want to tax the crap out of them to give to illegals
@Rissyanne: Fair point. I guess neither Democrats nor Republicans care much about the working class and low wage earners. The Republicans in their majority seem to care less though since they always oppose any kind of minimum wage increase for low bottom wage workers who barely scraping by while inflation continues to rise.
Ok you do realize that paying someone $15 for flipping hamburgers is a mistake. It’s proven that it doesn’t work. Companies just cut jobs and hours. And some shut down.
@Rissyanne: I'm not advocating for $15.00 an hour unless its New York or California where the cost of living is very high compared to other states, however, paying an employee $7.25 to $8.25 bucks an hour is inhumane and abuse at its highest level. Humans deserve to at least live with decency and not worry if they would have enough money day in, day out to have a hot meal to eat if they work.
Minimum wage isn’t meant to be a long term thing.
You're not supposed to survive on minimum wage. Minimum wage is for inexperienced workers to gain experience and get promoted.Let's see the disdain liberals have for the working people:Referring to working-class voters in old industrial towns decimated by job losses, the presidential hopeful (Obama) said: "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."www.vox.com/.../smug-american-liberalism
Both of you need to understand some people intelligence and skill set doesn't allow them to go beyond minimum wage. Does still mean they should live barely hanging on by a thread? Lastly, who is going to serve tables at restaurants, work at gas stations, cleaning buildings, and other jobs where the pay rate is the minimum?
So let’s just force every business to pay $15 an hour and watch them close.
That's not a true statement at all. Everyone can do something for more than minimum wage. If you're that severely disabled, you're on public assistance.
@Rissyanne: Read my above comments again because you probably didn't read it.@bangyourhead: Not everyone is capable of doing the same jobs nor does their intelligence capacity allows them too. Besides, we need people to work at gas stations, Home Depot and other labor functions and jobs were the salary isn't exactly high nor average.
Yes, we do need people working at gas stations and home depot. Those are the inexperienced workers. The teenagers. If you work for home depot for 10 years and never progress passed cashier, you don't deserve a living wage.I literally saw a help wanted ad for a chain of convenience stores. They need refrigeration techs for their stores. They offered STARTING pay of $60,000, plus guaranteed two raises your first year, full fleet of benefits. You can get certified to be a refrigeration tech in about 2 years for less than $10,000 before scholarships and financial aid.
Its useless talking to you guys. Have fun in your black and white world.
Will do! Thanks.