I was hanging with some friends this weekend who just don’t get why their ideology is doomed. One was the usual “He’s a Muslim because his dad was a Muslim and so …” where so is never filled in. More detailed was an exec friend who was bummed because his entry-level employees are unmotivated to try for a bonus he devised because “They’re all moochers who worry they won’t qualify for WIC or food stamps if they make any more money”. The bonus was an extra fifty cents to a dollar on top of the nine dollars an hour they make. Now, he’s a got a point: if only there were no food stamps or WIC he would have even more power over his employees miserable lives because they would have even fewer options on how they manage their bleak, endless poverty.
htrn.news America’s productivity (income) has been on a gradual rise beginning in 1947 and continuing to today. However, the take home pay of the middle class has stopped paralleling that rise beginning around 1975. This has caused a concentration of income at the top, where there is little demand for goods and services as there would be if there was a more equitable distribution of this nation’s income. Jobs are not being created because the consumer, the real job creators, do not have adequate take-home pay.
There it is, but rather than try to explain that I just asked him when was the last time he tried to survive, much less raise a family, on a single income of nine dollars an hour. At which point the elitist entitled truth came out; they’re losers and he’s not because he works hard. He works hard for the $115,000 plus lavish bonus he makes every year and he can’t figure out why ‘his people’ won’t work just as hard as he thinks he does for a tenth of that. Even if it means losing benefits that pay more than the pitiful extra shekels he’s willing to shell out!
.:Shrug:. Yeah, he literally does not get that.
Conservatives don’t get this, i.e., the pay inequity that already existed has been amplified many times because of the Great Recession to the point that frugal, qualified, experienced people like me simply cannot survive on the wages available, and I don’t think they ever will get it. It’s just baked into their DNA to not understand and blame others, especially the poorest, least powerful people involved. How conventient.
I suppose in a way that’s a big fat judo move waiting to fall: if your ideology and political strategy is built around keeping the con up where enough people vote against their own economic interests, to the point of going hungry, that you can win elections consistently, your ideology is built on a massive delusion that’s going to crash and burn.