Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Rising Class War

Conservatives often focus on facts and rational arguments, rather on people’s real-life stories. Case in point: They argue against the minimum wage by citing studies that indicate it will lead to loss of jobs (which it does). But citing numbers does nothing to address the most important question: How do we lift people out of poverty? The minimum wage isn’t the answer, but Republicans lost the minimum wage debate because they let their opponents, especially the unions, define the conversation.
Statistics don’t inspire like stories of entrepreneurs made good, children learning after escaping the unionized government school monopoly, and young mothers rising out of poverty. That should be an obvious point. But conservatives often ignore it, along with the perceptions of large segments of the population. Is it any wonder Republicans face a challenge in reaching swing voters?
As many in the big, broad middle see it, the game is rigged in favor of big business, the politically connected, and the wealthy. And it is. As a classical liberal, I find populism extremely dangerous. But the data don’t lie, and they indicate, marginally speaking, that the “rich” are getting richer and inequality has increased. That doesn’t mean the president is right as to the “why.”  It does mean we need an answer to the “so now what?” (SOURCE: Apr 14, 2014: Lawson Bader: Human Events: "The rising class-war chorus")