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Why a Pro-Worker Agenda is an Anti-Poverty Agenda


Why a Pro-Worker Agenda is an Anti-Poverty Agenda

Elise Gould, Alyssa Davis

Labor Day is a time to honor America’s workers and their contributions to our economy. It is also a time to reflect upon the state of workers’ economic position, and how that position has faltered in recent decades.



There are some wonderful events going on all around the country (and not just Sanders-related ones). There is an awakening to the needs and power of Labor!! Keep Moving Forward!!!! Peace


It is really too bad that everything we need to fight for now we've already fought for, won, and lost due to taking our eye off the ball. Maybe after we've won it again, in ten years, we can pass some basic laws that can't be changed to prevent corrupt bought and bribed politicians from representing us again. Seems so idiotic to have let the wealthy hoodwink us into poverty. We should not have to start at the bottom again. I say we divide all the loot the wealthy have stolen and divide it up evenly to all of us that have been robbed of basic human needs since that failed actor started the war on the working class. Too many of us are living in dire poverty through no fault of our own. And wonder why some are so pissed. I would not want to be one of the wealthy robber barons in the near future. Past time for change.


Not exactly. This generally translates into more middle class elitism. In the real world, not everyone can work (health, etc.) and that there aren't jobs for all. The US shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s, and liberals have promoted middle class elitism ever since. Consider that when Reagan was first elected, launching the campaign against the poor, the overall quality of life in the US was rated at #1. By the time Obama was elected, the US had already plunged to #43.

Consider the options. From FDR to Reagan, the US had implemented policies and programs that took the country to its of wealth and productivity. Our "failed" welfare system actually had a success rate of over 80%, of enabling the poor to move onto jobs and a much better life. With Reagan, we decided to do the exact opposite, and the US continues its downhill slide. Yet today's generation can't grasp how the poor and middle class, and the overall economy, are all interconnected. We should have learned from our own history.


No, that's not how it is. What the rich are now doing to the middle class is what the middle class already did to the poor. We've seen that liberals might welcome the poor to "stand in solidarity" for the middle class -- just don't expect a crumb to trickle down.


So maybe those speaking out, like you, should do more to help this time around. Having learned from the past is no reason to live in it.