REPORT: Wages of the Working Class Falling Behind -- "The working class
in America has often been defined as white male high school graduates working at
wage and salary jobs."
I guess these are the old (and young) angry white men that Clinton's supporters have been bashing for voting for Trump (or Sanders) and calling them sexist, misogynists and racists.
Both Sanders and Trump want “fair” trade deals, but Clinton's people say they are “anti” trade because they are against these supposed “free” trade agreements such as TPP, TTIP and TiSA (and that they're "protectionists", as though that also makes them fascists or nationalists).
These are trade deals that Obama has been pushing for -- and deals that Clinton once pushed for, before she said she finally learned what was in TPP and changed her mind. But how can you support something 45 times and say it’s the “gold standard” of trade deals if you don’t even know what’s in it? Should Congress pass it like Obamacare, just to see what’s in it?
We already know enough about these trade deals (thanks to Wikileaks) to know TPP would be like NAFTA on steroids -- and giving corporations the power to sue sovereign governments if they pass laws that hinder any future profits. Is it only uneducated “angry old white men” who oppose trade deals that gut the middle-class?
They talk about “high school graduates” as though a lack of a better education is the one and only reason for them not being able to find better paying jobs (victim blaming) as though millions of better paying jobs are going unfilled because the work force lacks a better education. (As though we’re all trailer park trash or dumb rednecks).
Are millions of jobs going unfulfilled because of all these dumb and old angry white guys? If so, then why are so many young college-educated Americans taking jobs that don’t even require a college education, which displaces those with only a high school education, and those that dropped out of school?
Are the people who work on assembly lines in China making iPhones (or children in Vietnam making NIKE sneakers) really that much smarter than we are? And why are college-educated people from India and China coming here on H-1B visas to displace college-educated Americans? Are their colleges overseas giving their young people better educations than we are in America?
The “skills gap” or “lack of STEM skills” argument is a myth to allow more offshoring of jobs and more abuse of the guestworker visas system to keep wages depressed. But let's blame all the old angry white guys for being so damn stupid.
Someone should write an article about why only dumb old white people vote for Trump or Sanders, instead of Clinton.