I have a question for my old friends in the coal-mining towns of northeastern Pennsylvania.
As my coal miner pop told me almost 60 years ago, “Republicans are the party of the rich son, but blue collars didn’t seem to mind.”
Turning to big business for revenue is the only option they will have after years and years of starved income under a Republican controlled Congress.
The 30 years following World War II were shaped by substantial economic growth and shared prosperity. So when and why did that change?
Our polarized campaigns often tell voters the story of winners and losers. So what happens when large chunks of voters “lost” in the primary? Are these groups going to “lose” in the main election?
It’s Labor Day weekend. The end of the summer for some. The start of the political season for others. For too few of us, it is a reminder of the sacrifices and initiatives of workers – and the unions that represent them- that have made life better for all Americans.
In general Alexis de Tocqueville thought America was indeed a democratic nation. It’s doubtful if he would have that opinion today.
What can the next president do for working Americans? Meaning: what promises can either of the candidates make now that can be accomplished in the next four or eight years?
Another powerful force came into play in 2012 that has made a major change in the nation’s knowledge of the poor among us.
It was in the 1980s that public and private institutions began separate but complementary assaults on the American social contract. Tragically, America has let the decline go on…and on.
Consistent on producing terrible, recreations of failed policies, that is. There is nothing creative, new, or substantive in any of his proposals.
Tragically, Ryan has no concept of the depth or extent of poverty in America. He presents ideas that nibble around serious issues, while tens of millions of Americans suffer real time consequences of failed policy.
Simply put: this would turn a highly efficient public healthcare system into an opportunity for private hospitals to reap considerable profits- oh, and at the cost of public expense.
For the last three and half decades, American workers have largely been on their own. With the exception of labor unions, they have had no go for broke champion to help them navigate through the political scene.
It impacts how we live and even how long we live. It affects education, the length and depth of poverty in our nation, our ability to rise and make a new life for ourselves. Structural inequality means that public policies are made to benefit a very few instead of the mass of Americans. Despite vaunted myths about our democracy, average Americans have little or no influence on political decisions in the United States.
My family and millions of others like us came to America during a time when America had an implicit social contract. It was a time when key policy makers realized that the best investment that the nation could make was in its own citizens. So that those citizens would have the chance to lead decent and productive lives. It was a time of national wisdom, humanity, and humility.