A Labor Day message
from one of the few a Democrats who actually get it
Former Madison WI mayor Dave Cieslewicz, a registered Democrat, riffs on how his increasingly elitist party denigrates the working man:
[Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?] didn’t just miss the point on values; he missed the point on the value of work, the value of earning things. Rightly or wrongly, the Democratic brand is about giving stuff away. Democrats are always talking about what the federal government is going to do for you, and they’ll pay for all that by taxing rich people or corporations. It’ll be free. Left out of the conversation is the idea that
people should earn what they get.
American workers do not want to be given things;
they want to earn things. …
Prominent Democrats would forgive up to $50,000 in college loans, no questions asked. No questions like, why did you take out the loan if you knew you couldn’t pay it back? Or questions like, why should the two-thirds of Americans without a four year degree, who earn half of what a college graduate earns, pay back their loans for them? …
Not everybody hates the rich. There’s still a strong aspirational streak in working class Americans. They don’t want to bring down the “one percent” because they hope that they, or their children, will be the one percent some day.
Blska’s Bottom Line: Dave C. could add that Democrats should quit the victim mongering. But that would make them Republicans.