As we all take a breath from celebrating the latest progressive SCOTUS victory – keep in mind that we’re only one election cycle away from reversing ACA and same sex marriage.
The Republicans are taking a step back – gathering their collective talking heads and polishing conservative talking points for cable news networks. They’ll focus on the economy and the erosion of the middle class – blaming Obama for all the ill that’s befallen the country since FDR.
Keep in mind that some of what you will hear from the far right wing of the Republican party is probably true – Obama hasn’t been perfect. TPP will more than likely go the way of NAFTA – but you’ll be two years into the next presidential term before you see the effects of what most social economists think is a bad trade deal.
The problem is that we now live in a truly global economy. With the click of a mouse button you can order anything worldwide for the best price. Even Ronald Reagan didn’t have that to worry about.
But, the problem is that it puts main street in direct competition with multinational corps and nobody has a vested interest in branding hometown pride or “Made in the USA.”
The last four U.S. presidents have used the word “retool” in describing economic policy shifts to keep America employed. And, almost 28% of that effort is in green energy production.
The real problem is that neither Republicans or Democrats have a handle on our economic plight because most of the middle-middle class have evaporated into textbook dust. Today, you’re either lower middle or upper middle – depending on what you do for a living and how much money you’re able to save along the way.
Keep in mind that less than 20% of working Americans have $10,000 in emergency savings. We’re living paycheck to paycheck – but you don’t hear that talked about in the mainstream news because there’s a conscious effort to divert our attention onto social issues.
In two PEW research polls, Americans are drifting more toward left of center on social issues such as affordable healthcare and same sex marriage. Why – is there a collective progressive conscious causing the shift? No – I think not.
Most Americans don’t really care about these issues as much as they care about other things: like keeping a roof over their head and feeding their family.
Over the past six years the number of people who report worry over losing their job has risen 300% – while the middle class has taken on a higher tax burden than at any time in history.
That’s why you’re seeing Bernie Sanders with such large crowds and high approval ratings. It has nothing to do with his “perceived” social liberal agenda – it’s about people thinking that he’s the one politician who “get’s it.”
In fact, Sanders is the only politician who is speaking to the middle class audience.
We’ve gone from “are you better off than you were four years ago” to a collective tax base made up of the working class saying: “I’m know I’m screwed but what can I do to make sure my kids are better off down the road.”
The Republicans are planning to craft a message that speaks to that issue. And, the Koch brothers and Carl Rove are putting their money into it’s success.
Will it be accurate? No – but the Dems aren’t doing much more either. Neither party has leaders willing to embrace the real hurting Americans with ideas to enact monetary policies such as MMT (Modern Monetary Theory) that have a chance of making a difference in the lives of the middle class.
If Bernie Sanders does nothing else – he’s more likely to make mainstream politicians pay attention to economic issues that affect real Americans and not just the 1% who pay to play.