Similar to Kevin Drum and the link between lead and crime, Josh Marshall has started building an extended narrative in support of a simple but powerful idea. This time it has to do with why Democrats keep underperforming in the midterms and to a lesser degree elsewhere as well. He kicked it off with a lengthy must-read including plenty of data but the nut comes down to this.
[Y]ou cannot make middle class wage growth and wealth inequality the center of your politics unless you have a set of policies which credibly claims some real shot at addressing the problem.
I don’t know, maybe it seems complicated to other people, but as a native Pittsburgher the answer seems pretty clear to me. Unions created the middle class. As unions die the middle class will die with them.
Those bosses who paid Pinkertons to mow down Homestead strikers in 1892 wanted the same thing Kochs want today. Keep the workers divided and insecure and you can do anything you want. Guess why Republicans throw their bodies on the tracks to stop the Affordable Care Act or any other plan to guarantee health coverage. When it comes to keeping drones loyal the constant fear of sickness and bankruptcy works better and costs less than an employee gym or paid family leave.