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GOP tax scam

The Perennial GOP Tax Scam

Here is the GOP scam in a nutshell: Tax cuts for truly wealthy people increase their income and wealth; tax cuts for working people actually decrease their income and wealth over time. Get ready for voters who have no idea how this all works to get totally behind the GOP “we’ll cut your taxes” rhetoric, not realizing that Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Donald Trump/Mike Pence view us all as merely useful idiots.

February 23, 2017
Working-class

Heaven Help The Little Guy In This Administration

Andrew Puzder’s replacement, Alexander Acosta, hails from an immigrant background (his parents came from Cuba), and he is a former U.S. attorney. But there is no reason to expect him to have any great compassion or concern for the little guy. Trump’s white working-class supporters are in for nothing but disappointment.

February 17, 2017
Protests outside Trump's new Washington DC hotel

6 Reasons Why Resisting Trump Is Not Enough

While resistance is critically important, we will fail unless resistance is contained within a long-term strategy to reverse runaway inequality and upend neoliberalism. If we don’t build an alternative movement, our defensive struggles could enhance Trump’s popularity rather than to diminish it.

January 3, 2017
Trump, Ryan health care

A Battle Over American-Made Products Is Looming

There’s a battle brewing between the President-elect and the Speaker of the House. Trump has repeatedly promised that he’d support Buy American provisions in federal law to create jobs, but Paul Ryan wants to ship taxpayer-financed work overseas and let the working class wait a couple more decades to just possibly feel a tiny pinch of trickle-down from the largesse of filthy rich iron and steel importers.

December 26, 2016
Biden, Democrats, Middle Class

As Democrats Ponder Their Future, Biden Advocates For The Middle Class

As the Democratic Party struggles to understand what went wrong in an election, that same instinct leads Biden to offer a diagnosis and a prescription for what he sees as a more successful approach, one which pushes back, if ever-so-gently, against a powerful current in Democratic politics.

December 23, 2016
Working class, Trump, Con

The Art Of The Con: Trump Blows Off The Working Class

During the campaign, Trump checked off all boxes in the art of the con. 1) Learn what the target wants. 2) Play on that desire. 3) Create an emotional foundation based on rapport and an illusion of empathy.

December 15, 2016
2016 electorate

15 Startling Election Takeaways

The American electorate in 2016 has some strange and surprising features, according to a new survey released Thursday by PPRI/The Atlantic that explored why people did or didn’t vote

December 4, 2016
Sanders

Sanders’ Social Democracy Versus Trump’s Authoritarian Doctrine

The stage is set for an epic struggle between Trump’s right wing populism and a Sanders-style social democracy. Which one will resonate with the people?

December 2, 2016
Hillary Clinton greets workers at Munster Steel in Hammond, Indiana, United States, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

The Uncertain Future Of The Working-Class

Nowadays, working Americans have far higher expectations regarding quality of life, but the people who work with their hands these days seem less hopeful.

November 29, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with his workers after he landed on the golf course at his Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland, June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Donald Trump Sees Working Class Chumps

Trump is a bloviating billionaire who built his riches on the backs of mistreated employees. Now he is masquerading as a presidential candidate who cares about the people I come from.

October 5, 2016
Working class white men are not all Trump supporters.

Challenging The Stereotype: Working Class White Guys Against Trump

The press would have you believe that all of the angry white men are Trump supporters. This is the stereotype: They are high school educated, gun-totin’, flag-wavin’, bigots who love the bragging, swaggering bully in Trump. But that’s an easy story. Those guys are easy to find. They fill Donald Trump’s stadiums. It’s true they’re out there. But what’s also true is that there’s a huge number of high school educated white men who don’t go to Trump rallies. They aren’t flag waving bigots. These are guys who only carry guns when they are hunting. They’re angry, all right. They’re angry at being associated with Trump.

August 4, 2016
Fear of white working class people

5 Reasons White Working-Class Voters Are So Scared

Aging white voters — especially those who have no college education — feel an acute loss of status, opportunity, and security. To deflect their angry anxiety, they’re being encouraged to rage against ethnic minorities. Here are five reasons why scared white voters can be tricked into sucking up to a billionaire who thinks they’re overpaid.

December 7, 2015

Share Your Stories, Teachers

Labor Day always triggers memories of the two most important hourly wage earners in my life: my mother and my father. My dad’s hard hat and lunch pail and my mom’s nurse’s aide badge are prominently displayed in my home office. They are reminders of a debt I can never repay. Like so many working-class […]

September 4, 2011