George Gershwin may be in vogue for Republicans this midterm election season. Not that it would be appropriate or in anyway help their cause. Juan Williams, writes today in a story reported by The Hill that “inequality” can be a promising issue for Democrats in the midterm elections. Of course it can. That is a truism.
One Republican speaking on Fox News last week lectured that people who are on the bottom of the totem pole economically will not do themselves any good by attacking rich people. Rich people are offended by such attacks as it makes them uncomfortable.
Inequality is a promising theme for Democrats for a number of reasons. Here is a list.
- The skewed economic condition persists without remediation
- The more wealth is concentrated, the less there is to go around
- The middle class and poor are stifled and locked into position as a result
- Republicans have even blocked road building and repairs that provide some economic juice
- The Congress and the Supreme Court teamed up against Americans when they equated political campaign contributions with free speech
- There is no equality in America when a vote by a citizen is worth $1, and a vote by a corporation is worth $1,000 for instance
There are conditions of economic inequity and inequality throughout the American political system. The symptoms come in a variety of forms from the shear presents of poverty to the unequal treatment afforded to people who are diversely different in a variety of ways. Social inequality is felt by veterans seeking equality in healthcare too.
If you want to see just how bad income inequality is in America today, check out this short professorial video on YouTube. It is an excellent description. The punchline is shown in the picture accompanying this article.
“Williams: Inequality issue can boost Dems
By Juan Williams - 07/07/14 06:03 AM EDT
A year ago, top Democratic political strategists pointed to one big political stick their candidates could use to beat back a possible Republican landslide in the 2014 midterm elections.
The issue: Rising income inequality.
Now the strategy is coming to life with help from Republicans in Congress.
With the GOP majority in the House blocking an extension of long-term unemployment insurance, a group of House Democrats, led by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), circulated a letter last week asking for a meeting to discuss the topic – not with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) but with the incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
Press reports described this as an “end-run” around Boehner who, along with the outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), had refused to take up the issue for a vote in the House.
The Democrats, smelling a ripe campaign issue, are quick to point out that if Congress does not act before the end of the year, more than 5 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits and be left out in the cold.”