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Chet Ruminski Wrote:
"Wow you sure are full of "demands". Is that how you view the Democratic Party's role...demand, demand, demand?"
Schmidt, I spoke to a couple that borrowed $2600 in a loan called a speedy loan. I worked out the payments and in three years they will pay back $14,000. That is what the Democratic Party has done for their constituency. Allowed business to redicule usury laws and abuse the lower classes. Yes I say demand because lawmakers break their backs giving every consideration to the .001 while stepping on the backs of the lower class to do it. The USA is completely misaligned in maintaining a country for people. Everyday more money and services are denied to the lower class while enabling more money to flow to the top. Demand is the operative word when an entire class of people is fighting to stay alive.
Chet -- I do not disagree with you regarding the inequality that has evolved in our democracy over decades. The country needs a course correction to ultimately provide more equality in income and wealth to those less fortunate. It certainly starts with education opportunities, but it also includes health care as well as decent wages. As I wrote in another post in the thread, what does it mean to make America great again, the shift in the inequality started some 40-50 years ago with the advent of the Lewis Powell doctrine in which he laid out a capitalist plan to make the country great through private enterprise. Since then every Republican president has slowly shifted the curve to favor the plutocrats. Some were big jump shifts (Reagan and Bush tax cuts for the rich and corporations at the expense of spending programs for the poor and middle class), whereas others have been a slow whittling away of the gains under Roosevelt. Trump is just the latest Republican president to push the plutocracy ideology.
Where we differ is that you want change seemingly overnight, and do not hesitate to place blame, more on Democrats than Republicans. You can get up on the podium and shout your demands until you are blue in the face, but it will not get you anywhere. In fact just the opposite as it further drives a wedge through the Democratic Party dividing it into factions, exactly as intended by the plutocrats driving the Republican Party. The plutocrats love it when Democrats play the "blame game" blaming each other while they quietly work to undo regulations that Democratic presidents fought so hard for.
I agree with many of your objectives for equality. Where we differ is how to achieve those objectives. As a realist I can understand that we didn't get where we are in a year or two. We got here because of decades of complacency and ceding the messaging to the plutocrats, and allowing cultural issues to divide us rather than pushing economic issues that really can make a difference. Yes, I assign much of that blame to Democrats who allow and actually get caught up more in the cultural issues that seem to define campaigns giving economic issues a back seat.
It is happening now as we focus more on Trump's shortcomings, especially his apparent racism, rather than driving how the economic issues will affect everyone more. If we make the elections all about race or religious issues such as abortion, then we will never connect with the white middle class voters who left the party.
We certainly need a course correction but like the Titanic, we cannot turn on a dime.