Friday, August 23, 2013

Give the people a living wage

Alec MacGillis asks a good question:
Liberals have spent years now agonizing over why it is that many working-class white Americans vote for the party whose policies on taxes, organized labor and much more work against their own economic interests—the "What's the matter with Kansas" problem. Well, here is an issue where lower-income people who vote Republican are quite clear about what's in their own interest—that is, they state a preference at direct odds with their party's line. Maybe it would be a good idea for Democrats to try to peel them away by actually talking up that issue?
Raising the minimum wage polls well with pretty much everybody except crackpot cons who are against anything that doesn't piss liberals off and the people who make a living exploiting minimum wage workers. All the focus inside the Beltway bubble is on the well off and reasonably secure but the working poor are the fastest growing demographic in our country. They're not feeling any grass shoots recovery in those circles.

Championing this demo could not only win back the House but a successful push to raise the damnably inadequate wage would actually help all the people. Hell, it might even restore the people's faith in government.

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Blogger Sean Riley said...

Democrats don't fight for anything anymore, with notable exceptions like Alan Grayson and Elizabeth Warren. Our leaders have abandoned us.

4:37:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Also Merkley. But not sure I'd say they don't fight for anything, but the too long entrenched guys are mostly just as big corporatists as the GOPers. I think the answer is to elect more progressives. In any event they are surely missing the boat on minimum wage.

8:34:00 AM  

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