I’ve been thinking quite a bit about how the so called liberals of the US are disconnected from the people they are representing. Let’s face it, Democrats are not winning any votes. They have become real adept at losing seats and are becoming increasingly disconnected from the middle and working classes.
I’ll start with a story.
My daughter recently got her first job. She’s 19 years old and has been doing really good since she got it. I don’t believe she’s been late at all. She’s maintaining a good attitude.
I have joint bank accounts with both of my kids. I set them up years ago so that I could transfer money to them in case of emergency or for allowance. I’ve also been able to help them out understanding how to maintain a bank account and what some of the rules are. The idea is that once they feel stable, they separate from me and take their accounts to themselves.
I see my daughter has been setting aside $100 each week. She’s also been getting stuff. I’m good with that. She should while she can. But the saving money is a smart move.
She’s making ten cents over minimum wage.
I can honestly say that my wife was a bit pissed about this as she makes minimum wage. That’s the world we live in. It’s not really about working hard. You want to leave the job market in order to raise your kids, you’ve just put yourself to the back of the line. That’s the next topic.
The other day some snail mail came for my daughter. Her job is at the local grocery store. She is now part of a union. She owes them $225. My wife now has a better hourly wage than my daughter.
My daughter hasn’t said anything. That’s who she is.
And here we are to my topic.
I believe unions once served a very fine purpose. They allowed for some very needed protections for some people who were not being treated fairly at the work place.
Unions negotiated better pay for workers so they could support their families better. Without unions, people were making pennies a day and working unhealthy hours in horrible conditions.
I argue that the union shouldn’t have to exist for these people. That the country should take care of the people and not be forced to create laws that give people rights and create healthy working conditions. I argue that every once in a while decisions and laws should be made for people, and not negotiated on behalf of those already in power.
But that’s not how America works.
My daughter has a union job that pays her ten cents above minimum wage. She now has to work 20 hours for free to maintain that standard of living. Every month the union will take money from her. If she gets a promotion or raise, the union will take another $50.
So that she can make ten cents over minimum wage.
Any other job in the world would pay her within $4 per week without dues.
I could understand more if she was walking into a high demand position which offers a few dollars over minimum wage, but this is not it.
I now understand why I rarely see the same faces at the local grocery store.
Back to my point.
Unions have made themselves irrelevant over the last 40 years. They are now perceived as a Ponzi Scheme skimming money from hard working lower and middle class individuals without any benefit and without providing any service at all.
They had their day. They really did. But they gave it up.
I remember the 80’s when the unions were still somewhat strong. They helped people and when they felt they were being undercut, they gave the workers the ability to demand more.
Labor unions always endorse the Democrat in any race. And they should. Because Republicans always run on a platform of trickle down economics. They always run on an idea that the wealthy need more of their money and unions restrict the free market.
Let me put the dots together.
If I was a young person in today’s world and I was making minimum wage while watching my paychecks get raped by an organization which is not really giving me a single advantage in the workplace, I’m voting for the party who is in favor of putting that money back in my paycheck. I’m voting for the party who has the anti-union platform.
If I was a young person who went out an caucused for a person who said he was going to help people make more of the money they deserve only to watch the DNC act as a union and skim off the top, I’m not likely to vote for that party. Unions can do good things, but they, like most corporations, need to be nudged the right direction.
See, liberals and Democrats, you have a problem. You’re not helping people at all. And I’m not even talking about Goldman Sachs right now.
You are failing to help even one person who is making less than $75,000 a year. You’ve lost your constituents.
Take that union endorsement if you want, but insist that the union take strides to help people more. Because too many people are not getting any benefits. Call them out. You’ll get votes. But then follow up.
We can blame the Republicans. We can blame corporations and capitalism. We can blame globalization. We can blame a multitude of things.
But I blame the Democrats. You have the ball. But instead of running any real plays, you keep taking a knee on the 50 yard line, and that ain’t progress. Never will be. Because after a few plays, you have to either punt or give the ball to the Republicans.
I have a feeling my daughter is looking for new work. I would.
And so should those who are running the Democrats.