Normally I try to stay away from the daily tit for tat of the Democratic primary but this latest buffoonery needs a comment.
Two days ago Obama said:
You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them," Obama said. "And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,
It is not only that Obama just put down working class America, target ground zero, Pennsylvania citizens, but what the pundits are saying in response.
They claim Obama is right!
Well, frankly, no, Obama is dead wrong!
Working Americans know exactly what caused their jobs to be lost, their wages repressed. The causes are precisely what they are complaining about, bad trade deals in favor of multinational corporations and their global wage arbitrage agenda, offshore outsourcing, corporate welfare, tax breaks to corporations and the super rich, a corrupt Congress and an Administration representing special interests instead of the people, all the while squeezing the middle class to the point it's getting blood from a stone.
And yes, bringing in foreign cheap labor by any means does wage repress and yes, replace union and American workers.
What makes these pundits think for one second it is not bad trade deals as a major reason the United States has lost it's manufacturing base? How condescending is that? Isn't that the complaint about Barack Obama's obviously elitist statements? How out of touch or in denial are our Washington DC insiders and cable show pundits? Obviously pretty badly when there are now so many economic studies and statistics proving blue collar Pennsylvania voters, which Obama claims are just frustrated, are actually exactly right!
Just frustrated? Sure, I think all of America is frustrated by the refusal to deal with the objective statistics on the real state of the economy for most of America.
Now guess what both McCain and Clinton claim is the insult to working America? Bad trade deal? (oh no) Offshore outsourcing? (oh no no no) How about guest worker Visas? (oh Good God no!) I see. Nope according to both campaigns the issue is Obama said people are bitter.
Bitter. How about bitter because no Presidential candidate will even acknowledge the economic realities on the ground and promise significant policy changes to turn this all around and put US workers, America 1st? Not a single Presidential candidate will address the illegal immigration issue to actually put US workers first and stop the flow. Not a one. All of them have promised corporations more guest worker Visas. So of course the criticism has to put the focus on some nebulous term like bitter to avoid having to answer why they keep selling Americans down the river?
Moreover, when (if ever) will our Presidential candidates acknowledge not only is the US middle class in desperate trouble, to the point people are dying because they cannot afford health care, the United States, on a macro economic scale, is in decline.
Blue collar workers know exactly what caused their jobs to be lost and more the question is will working America be able to change this culture of corruption that dominates our news media, political pundits and candidates?
Will we ever get anyone acknowledging what most of working America already knows along with many economists?