Yet Another Good One from Robert Reich

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Yet Another Good One from Robert Reich

Postby KeithE » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:06 am

Why The Republican’s Old Divide-and-Conquer Strategy — Setting Working Class Against the Poor — Is Backfiring.

The lead-in:
Republicans told the working class that its hard-earned tax dollars were being siphoned off to pay for “welfare queens” (as Ronald Reagan decorously dubbed a black single woman on welfare) and other nefarious loafers. The poor were “them” — lazy, dependent on government handouts, and overwhelmingly black — in sharp contrast to “us,” who were working ever harder, proudly independent (even sending wives and mothers to work, in order to prop up family incomes dragged down by shrinking male paychecks), and white.

It was a cunning strategy designed to split the broad Democratic coalition that had supported the New Deal and Great Society, by using the cleavers of racial prejudice and economic anxiety. It also conveniently fueled resentment of government taxes and spending.

The strategy also served to distract attention from the real cause of the working class’s shrinking paychecks — corporations that were busily busting unions, outsourcing abroad, and replacing jobs with automated equipment and, subsequently, computers and robotics.

But the divide-and-conquer strategy is no longer convincing because the dividing line between poor and middle class has all but disappeared. “They” are fast becoming “us.”


The Conclusion and Hope:
The new economy has been especially harsh for the bottom two-thirds of Americans. It’s not hard to imagine a new political coalition of America’s poor and working middle class, bent not only on repairing the nation’s frayed safety nets but also on getting a fair share of the economies’ gains.
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False Claims by the Right Wing

Postby KeithE » Mon May 05, 2014 10:57 pm

Reich Speaks the Truth Again

His four lies (as he calls them):
Lie number one: The rich and CEOs are America’s job creators.
Lie number two: People are paid what they’re worth in the market.
Lie number three: Anyone can make it in America with enough guts, gumption, and intelligence.
Lie number four: Increasing the minimum wage will result in fewer jobs.

It’s short - Read it.
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Re: Yet Another Good One from Robert Reich

Postby Sandy » Tue May 06, 2014 9:17 am

The only problem here is that facts don't seem to bother the extremist right. They just invent their own, and then spout them enough times to convince themselves that they're true. Reich nails it with facts.
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Re: Yet Another Good One from Robert Reich

Postby KeithE » Tue May 06, 2014 9:30 pm

Sandy wrote:The only problem here is that facts don't seem to bother the extremist right. They just invent their own, and then spout them enough times to convince themselves that they're true. Reich nails it with facts.

Amen to that.
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