Watching MSNBC this morning, as I do most mornings, I heard Stephanie Ruhle , Senior Business correspondent and anchor of MSNBC Live mention the infamous skills gap and ask her guest how the Biden Administration was going to address the “skills gap”, referring to the significant number of working class Americans struggle each day to pay rent, save for retirement, and live with the reality that a serious injury or illness will result in bankruptcy. She asked what skills training and educational programs were being considered to help America’s working poor.
Stephanie Ruhle and her husband, hedge funder Andy Hubbard, reportedly doled out $7.5 million for a four-story townhouse on the Upper East Side back in 2017. She is a graduate of Lehigh University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in international business. Her annual salary at NBC is reported to be $500K per year. That’s $240 an hour, by the way at a time when the national minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. She makes more in one month than the “low skill” people she wants to help make all year as they make sure her packages get delivered, gas gets into her car, shelves get stocked in at her local food market, dishes get cleaned at her favorite lunch spot; an almost endless list of what we have learned are essential jobs that allow her and those like her to work from home during a deadly global pandemic.
Her advice to all those getting paid wages insufficient to sustain them? Get a better job. Get better skills. Improve yourself. The system is fine, look at me! I have skills! Even more important, I have credentials, see them all framed and hanging on my office wall?
Only it’s not skills that these hard working essential low wage workers lack, it’s political power. How they get political power is the difficult question. So long as Democrats and the “liberal” media continue to denigrate and dismiss them, they remain a large voting block ripe for any politician savvy enough to win their support with promises to get justice and revenge and “own the Dems and the liberal media”.
The Democratic Party has been the champion against racism, sexism, and now it needs to address the last accepted “ism”, credentialism.