Further notes on what happened last week:
1. America’s white working class resents professionals but admires the rich. According to the author of the article below, Hillary Clinton epitomized “the dorkiness and arrogance of the professional elite. The dorkiness: the pantsuits. The arrogance: the email server. The smugness: the basket of deplorables. Worse, her mere presence rubs it in that even women from her class can treat working-class men with disrespect.”
2. Trump’s blunt talk tapped into another blue-collar value: straight talk.
3. Many working class men still measure masculinity by the size of a paycheck. White working-class men’s wages hit the skids in the 1970s and took another body blow during the Great Recession. The Democrats’ solution? Advising men with high-school educations to take pink-collar jobs, providing paid family leave, and a higher minimum wage. But a few days’ paid leave won’t support a family. Neither will the minimum wage. Working class white men aren’t interested in working at McDonald’s for $15 per hour instead of $9.50. What they want is steady, stable, full-time jobs that deliver a solid middle-class life to the 75% of Americans who don’t have a college degree. Trump promised them that. He won’t be able to deliver.
4. The Democrats haven’t come up with an economic program that can deliver middle-class jobs. They used to have one. It was called unions. Trump said he had one: Unleash American business. His plan won’t work, of course. Reagan and the two Bushes tried it and failed. Trump sold it nonetheless.
5. Race. For a half century, Republicans have been using race to split the white working class and poor from the black working class and poor. Trump mastered the art.
What do you think?
And then links to this excellent article over on Harvard Business Review
My father-in-law grew up eating blood soup. He hated it, whether because of the taste or the humiliation, I never knew. His alcoholic father regularly drank up the family wage, and the family was often short on food money. They were evicted from apartment after apartment.