In 2016, a steel worker union official asked President Barack Obama at a June 1 town hall in Elkhart, Indiana, about job losses at a plant run by Carrier, an air conditioning manufacturer that recently announced plans to move jobs from Indiana to Mexico. He replied that some jobs “are just not going to come back,” while others are in flux or rebounding.
In 2021, President Joe Biden said ‘Does anybody think in the 21st century, with changes taking place in technology and across the board, than 12 years of education is enough to be able to live enough middle class life? I don’t think so,’.
As both presidents throw up their hands as if asked to defy the laws of gravity, neither is willing to admit that the reasons that plants move from Indiana to Mexico and 12 years of education will no longer support a middle class life is because we decided to make it so. We decide on trade policy. We decide on labor laws. It is our government, our laws, that facilitated the exodus of factories, resulted in the loss of bargaining power by labor, and allowed the .01% to accumulate fortunes that ancient kings and pharaohs would envy.
Income for the typical high school graduate dropped by almost 10 percent between the mid-1960s and the mid-2010s, according to Pew Research. Democrats would like us to believe this drop was caused by natural forces, a storm front, a polar vortex, perhaps the consequences of the Northern Lights.
“If you see a turtle sitting on a fencepost, he had help getting there” is one of President Bill Clinton’s favorite phrases. Yes, and we see plants move from Indiana to Mexico, when we see high school graduate incomes drop over 50 years, someone helped that all happen.
One thing I’ve learned in life is that to discover who is in control of any economy, from a small business to a nation, follow the money. In the USA, it’s painfully clear that the working class, even in the Democratic Party, has virtually no control of the economy. Even our Democratic presidents admit it when they call for defeat before even trying to help the working class and in a cowardly act, blame the workers for their plight – refusing to point a finger at the system, and those in control of the system, perhaps because many are big donors?