Dear Democrats, It’s time to close the sale in asking for voters to cast their ballots for all Democratic candidates. Tallahassee, Florida’s Mayor Andrew Gillum at his Monday Night CNN debate with the host Jake Tapper did an excellent job with this. This is how its done.
GILLUM: Because my mother and father would have to get up so early they would drive us to my grandmother’s house where she would have a ritual to do two things before we left the door. Take her bottle of olive oil and build a cross on my forehead as a way to send us out in the world with covering. Then go to school, mind your teachers, get your lesson and bring that home. Bring it home for your family who get out there and work on somebody else’s job. Bring it home for your brother and sister.
What my grandmother was communicating to me was that it wasn’t just about me. It’s about all of us. And in Trump’s America we have been led to believe we have to step on our neighbor’s shoulder and their face and backs in order to get ahead. I reject that. We have an opportunity on November 6th as a collective, as a state, to say we deserve better.
It’s time for Democrats to get it, that Americans want their legislators to get out there to fight for making their lives better. Pointing out President Trump’s sins and lies is important in itself, but it is not sufficient to close the sale.
Here is why there are so many Americans who feel left behind and neglected by both the Republican and the Democratic parties:
Source for following data is EPI Economic Policy Institute:
From WWII Until about 1973, when US corporations productivity numbers increased to about 95.65%, the average workers’ pay wages increased to about 91%. There was a consensus that as corporations increased its productivity, revenues, profits, the workers participated in the division of the spoils.
After 1973, corporate productivity increased by 77% but workers pay increased by only 12.4%.
The gap between productivity and a typical worker’s compensation has increased dramatically since 1973Productivity growth and hourly compensation growth, 1948–2017
|Year||Hourly compensation||Net productivity|
1948–1973:Productivity: 95.7%Hourly compensation: 90.9%1973–2017: Productivity: 77.0% Hourly compensation: 12.4%
Notes: Data are for compensation (wages and benefits) of production/nonsupervisory workers in the private sector and net productivity of the total economy. “Net productivity” is the growth of output of goods and services less depreciation per hour worked.
Source: EPI analysis of unpublished Total Economy Productivity data from Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Labor Productivity and Costs program, wage data from the BLS Current Employment Statistics, BLS Employment Cost Trends, BLS Consumer Price Index, and Bureau of Economic Analysis National Income and Product Accounts
Updated from Figure A in Raising America’s Pay: Why It’s Our Central Economic Policy Challenge(Bivens et al. 2014)
Productivity has grown 6.2x more than pay
After this time of 1973, The CEOs of these corporations which also donate heavily mostly to Republican Party candidates have made the conscious decision to end this balanced sharing of their spoils, leaving the middle class behind. Security safety net benefits disappeared like the pensions. Now most folks are on their own with 401k plans which are not as reliable in peoples being able to rely on a nest egg when they retire, and stagnant wages for years. They have lost any sense of security in being able to provide for their families.
IT IS NOT THE OTHER (IMMIGRANTS, PEOPLES OF COLOR) WHO ARE TAKING AWAY THE JOBS FROM HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. IT IS MOSTLY PEOPLES LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS CORPORATE BUDDIES WHO ARE CULPABLE FOR THE DECLINE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS.
While the republican President Donald J. Trump does his level best to decry the fact that foreigners are taking away the jobs from Americans, he has continued to this date to hire mostly foreign help (99%) to staff temporary positions (seasonal) at his many resorts, including at Mar-a-Lago.
Many corporate executives joined up with Koch backed organizations like ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council which started in 1973 where one of their major goals was to destroy the power of worker unions in the private sector. Currently, they would love to break up the public sector unions made up of folks like teachers, fire fighters, police officers, etc.
To add salt to these wounds. the Republican Party legislators have very recently openly advertised that they have plans to cut back on entitlement programs like social security, Medicare, Medicaid that workers have paid towards out of their paychecks for most of their working lives.
Try this out as a closing when asking voters to back Democratic Candidates, “It’s not just all about us. In Trump’s America we have been led to believe we have to step on our neighbor’s shoulder and their face and backs in order to get ahead. We reject that. We have an opportunity on November 6th as a collective, as a country, to say we deserve better.”
We get it that peoples need relief and we are working hard to protect their access to affordable, quality healthcare with mandated coverage for preexisting conditions; protecting workers’ rights to unionize; insuring that peoples who work full time are guaranteed a living wage at a minimum of $15.00 per hour; access to affordable, quality childcare so peoples can afford to work; protecting hard working peoples’ retirement savings; lightening the burden of student loans on young peoples.
Corporations need to get on board by participating in lifting up the middle class by rewarding and acknowledging their workers who have helped them to benefit from record profits, profitability numbers, revenues.
THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL! AS PER MSNBC REPORT ON OCTOBER 23, 2018, There are more republicans than democrats early voting in 9 out of 10 states. Nevada is the only exception. The president’s lies are working! Fight back, Go Vote!
ALL NON-TRUMPIANS AND DEMOCRATS, CONSERVATIVES FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, GET OUT TO VOTE!!!