White Working Class And Middle Class Right To Be Frustrated, As Are All Working People, But If You Try To Address Issues You Might Get Called A Socialist By Some
I read a few days ago that white working class and middle class voters are deserting the Democratic Party for 2010 and may vote strongly Republican in the upcoming midterm elections.
I can’t recall where I read this and it does not matter. I suspect you’ll read the same point many times between now and November.
White working class folks are right in that they are being screwed in many ways and that bailouts for banks and big financial institutions are helping the already wealthy. Working people of all races would be right to feel this way. The fates of all working people are connected.
And yet, when you try to give some of these folks health insurance, or if you propose a large government federal jobs program, many of these same people would call you a socialist.
Do these hard working people think the private sector is going to treat them fairly?
It is worthwhile to discuss who may be getting unfair special treatment from the government in the form of bailouts.
It might be also be so that without the bailouts, as odious as they’ve been, we might be in a depression today. A depression for the poor and working class even more severe than the one we are already experiencing.
At heart, People need to decide if the focus of their lives is going to be progress or resentment.
If people are going to be resentful and blame their problems on immigrants and whoever else—I’m not sure what I can say.
If people are going to move ahead and care about each other, then we will make progress.
Working people need to fight together as allies.