Forget the monuments to Confederate generals. The ordinary working class American doesn’t have time for that discussion and frankly, it does not put food on the table. Democrats keep keying in on things that the ordinary working class American does not have the luxury to opine about.
Forget the Confederate monuments.
If Democrats truly want to get the attention and votes from the working class, let’s look at Texas, especially now.
Democrats have been denigrated by Republicans as the party of “regulations” and the party of “the climate change hoax”….tree huggers and believers in the government having a say over private property rights. That stuff is contrary to what Republicans/conservatives/Texans hold dear. They what little, if any federal regulations of oversight, no government agencies telling them what they can do with their property, and they want “freedom”!
Hurricane Harvey has just shown the nation the result of limited regulations and the denial of climate change.
Harvey to be costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, estimated cost of $190 billion. This is equal to the combined cost of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and represents a 1% economic hit to the gross national product. Where is the U.S. government going to get this $190 billion and why is this amount so high? Texas is known for its land use freedom. Build what you want where you want, it’s your land. Of course this allows people to put acres of non-permeable concrete and asphalt in areas like Huston, so the rain water won’t soak into the ground, it will flow to the nearest tributary. Texas ranks 50th for the EPA’s toxic exposure score, 47th for total toxic chemicals released into waterways, 46th for cancer-causing chemicals released, 45th for developmental toxins released, and 49th for reproductive toxins released. The state also produces the greatest amount of hazardous waste, generating 13,461,911 tons in one year, and now thanks to Harvey, all those toxins are flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.
In summation, Texas is going to cost the USA billions and billions of dollars because they wanted the “freedom” to do as they please, ignore science, and let “free markets” rule the day. Of course when all they failed, they came running to the US government and the taxpayers of Massachusetts for a bailout, no pun intended. The freedom loving citizens of Texas will not be footing the bill for the results of their freedom and the wealthiest Texans probably have a tax shelter and will pay zippo. Nope, ordinary working class Americans from Maine to California will be working a few extra hours each week just to pay for this. And a lot of it could have been avoided.
Looking for a job? The number of people killed on the job in Texas increased in 2014, and the state retained its grim spot as the county’s leader in workplace deaths. And of course Workers’ Compensation coverage is optional for employers.
So this is going to be my sales pitch to any independent voters in the next few years. “You know, those Republicans are really killing us with their deregulation and science denial. I mean, heck, the cost of cleanup for Harvey is going to cost us almost $200 Billion Dollars! They speak about personal responsibility and freedom the way my kids used to when they were teenagers, wanting all the perks of freedom but when they got into a fender bender or lost their cell phone, it was mom & dad who had to bail them out!” And did you see the number of Texans who die on the job? That’s some crazy stuff. I mean, I’d be afraid to get a job there. They don’t seem to care about the planet, the working class, it’s all crony politics with the Republicans taking care of the rich ans screwing the rest of us.”