Democrats abandoned the white working class, but the Republicans will exploit them

coal-miners

The good old days in the mines are no more

They probably don’t want to hear it right now, but the people who voted for Donald Trump because they believe he will improve their economic situation better be careful what they wish for.

We’re told that Trump’s unexpected victory was fueled by the anger of the white working class that has seen good paying blue-collar jobs disappear in our new global economy, mixed with resentment that the so-called elite mock their conservative social values and deeply held religious beliefs.

Of course, these analyses are being offered by the same mainstream media pundits who didn’t see Trump’s victory coming (I include Fox News in this group) but a quick look at voting patterns suggests the deplorables and their neighbors in the fly over states are saying, Hey, we matter too.

A lot of this anger comes from the fact that many people have yet to recover  from the recession that started in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. Many of those people had jobs that have since been sent overseas or eliminated through automation, victims of one of the largest transformations the economy has made since we went from an agricultural to an industrial society in the late 1800s.

Their  plight has largely been ignored by the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress, where a stagnant economy that worked for the coastal elite but practically nobody else was good enough. That made for easy pickings by Trump.

The white working class was convinced that Hillary Clinton was part of the problem and that Trump is the solution. But people who believe that are making a leap of faith because there’s nothing in Trump’s history–or the realities of our economy–to suggest he’ll come up with a solution that will make them whole again.

Those former steel workers in Ohio who put the Buckeye State in Trump’s win column? Those jobs aren’t coming back because steel can be made cheaper elsewhere. Why do you think Trump imports his steel?

You can also forget about those auto jobs that left Michigan for Mexico. That’s where the Big Three make sub-compact and entry-level cars: Low-price vehicles that require cheap labor to be profitable.

Some coal workers may get back in the mines, but that industry will never be the same. Utilities and other large users of coal have spent billions switching to natural gas, and they’re not going back. Natural gas is cheaper than coal anyway.

Trump has never cared about any of this in the past. He has spent his entire career looking out for No. 1, building his fortune on cheap labor, fighting unions that tried to make his workers’ lives better, buying steel and other material overseas, battling subcontractors and other vendors–you know, the little guys–over every dollar. Why do you think he’s been sued over 4,000 times?

Then there’s the Republican Party, hardly the friend of the working man. They’re going to “stimulate” the economy by giving big tax breaks to the wealthy–a strategy they know doesn’t work–and might even go along with Trump’s proposal to tear up our trade agreements. Hobbling one of the biggest job generators we have is no way to grow the economy, but it will play well with Trump’s new constituency.

There is one possible bright spot in all of this. If Trump follows through with his threat to deport all of the illegals and build his “big, beautiful wall” along the Mexican border, there will be plenty of work harvesting America’s rotting crops.

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5 Responses to Democrats abandoned the white working class, but the Republicans will exploit them

  1. stevefrisch says:

    I agree with you on this one George. We may disagree on why President Obama’s policies were insufficient to address economic revitalization in middle american communities, personally I think the stimulus should have been much larger and I think obstructionism had a lot to do with longer term benefits not permeating deeper into working class communities, but Republican policy as expressed by the Trump and Republican Party platform and first moves by the President elect are going to be an absolute duster for working people.

    You don’t lift working people up with a tax policy that exacerbates the disconnect between rising productivity in the American economy and wages, or eliminating health insurance mandates and thus kicking million of people off health insurance, or creating a trade policy that starts a tariff war that lead to rising prices in middle America, or throwing the parents of American citizens out of the country.

    The Trump administration as currently described will be a disaster for working people. The rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer, and the division will only get worse.

    Plus he is a racist, misogynistic, bigot who embraced coded white supremacy as a tactic, which more than 50% of the nation will NEVER forget or forgive. I can get beyond a policy disagreement, even embrace pieces of policy from the “opposition” I agree will help the country, or even that a majority of the country supports and I don’t because they chose that path, but I will NEVER embrace a man whose personal values are so disgusting that I would worry about my wife or daughter standing next to him.

    • fish says:

      Plus he is a racist, misogynistic, bigot who embraced coded white supremacy as a tactic, which more than 50% of the nation will NEVER forget or forgive. I can get beyond a policy disagreement, even embrace pieces of policy from the “opposition” I agree will help the country, or even that a majority of the country supports and I don’t because they chose that path, but I will NEVER embrace a man whose personal values are so disgusting that I would worry about my wife or daughter standing next to him.

      I don’t know why you didn’t just lead with this Steve…..its really the only statement that you care about. Wish I possessed the dark art of “Coded Language” deciphering that come from living on Mt Olympus like you my friend!

      First three paragraphs…..disaster for working people……tax policy benefiting the wealthy….stimulus should have been larger. So just more of the same crony Keynesianism that the country had under Sugar Frosted Barry O’s then.

      Bigger stimulus…..more opportunity for graft!

      (Cross posted at Rebanes)

  2. Todd Juvinall says:

    You mean like the democrats and Obama abandoned those black voters? Every cycle those blacks are courted and then forgotten. Trump at least tried to communicate his desire to help. Whites still are the majority in America and unfortunate there are liberals who have abandoned all reason, just like Frisch has. But hopefully we can see through all your liberal lies and hate and make America great again.

  3. stevefrisch says:

    Oh, and before Todd interprets my comments as an indication that I will be contesting the outcome of the election, it was fair and accurate, I don’t condone trying to game the electoral college, and I am against protesting in any violent manner. But my wife and I have picked the places we will resist already and what we will be willing to be civilly disobedient over and get arrested for, and made a commitment to that for the next 4 years.

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