I keep trying to understand why the Democrats see themselves as the party of the “working” man and woman.
True, FDR did a heckuva job putting Social Security in place and then managing us into WW2 (which needed to be fought – not the argument here) which actually got us out of the Great Depression.
But since then? I can’t for the life of me figure out what the Party holds for working people.
Do Democrats help keep up the wages of low- and mid-range skilled workers? No. Wages are kept down by the same same open borders that Democrats viscerally support.
Do Democrats help unionized workers organize and do what the workers think best? No. They pass card-check legislation outlawing the secret ballot in union organization efforts.
Any irony there? A party named “Democrats” passing legislation to remove the workers’ democratic protections? And they still have the cojones not only to call themselves “Democrats,” but to sell themselves as the party of the working people. Cool.
Education? Above and beyond anything else it is education that moves people up the economic ladder toward the American Dream. And Democrats? Here’s a newsflash for you: Unionized teachers have destroyed a once-excellent public education system in America.
The least and the dimmest – the lowest SAT scoring group – are our teachers, protected from merit by unions. Protected from the requirements on any other group of professionals – hire/fire/pay/promotion on merit alone. As Dr. Caroline M Hoxby has shown, the rate of unionization is directly correlated to the rate of increase in the dropout rate and the decline in test scores.
Since WW2 (1945 for Boomer Babies and their kids), Democrats have held control in all major American school districts. Without exception , all are worse than they were before Democrats gained power.
And so the Democrat solution to the poor education keeping the working people from the American Dream?
More money and power and less accountability to teachers and their unions.
So – Democrats are helping in education… how?
Democrats are anti-education, anti-salary increases, anti-secret ballot…
Oh – and they want to put ethanol in your tank, driving up the price of food, gas and everything you buy that travels by truck (that’d be everything).
Do you suppose that a 50% increase in food costs hurts Mr & Mrs Obama and their $500K salaries more – or less – than a 50% increase in food costs for a working mom and dad bringing home $40K to feed, house and clothe their three kids?
It ain’t rocket science. Democrats have done more to hurt the working people of America than any other group in our history.
So – why do working people vote for them?
See Education, above.