The Republican members of the House of Representatives had a retreat last week and minority leader Eric Cantor had to tell them some surprising news and that is that not all Americans are business owners.
Ninety percent of Americans work for someone else,” Cantor said, according to a source in the room. “Most of them not only will never own their own business, for most of them that isn’t their dream. Their dream is to have a good job, with an income that will allow them to support their family.”
“We shouldn’t miss the chance to talk to these people,” Cantor continued, according to the source, “which is why we will present and pass our plans to relieve the middle class squeeze.”
As the author of the piece Byron York says:
What was extraordinary about that portion of Cantor’s presentation was not that it was out of place — it was entirely on-target for a political party hoping to win elections in 2014 — but that it came six years into the economic downturn, and decades into a protracted decline in middle-class standards of living. Could it actually have taken Republicans that long to realize they should address such problems, especially when Democrats have made huge gains appealing directly to middle-class voters?
Apparently, yes. And even now, not all House Republicans are entirely on board. “It’s something that’s been growing and taking time for members to get comfortable with,” says a House GOP aide, “because they did spend the last decade talking about small business owners.”
Not only are most Americans not business owners, many of them may actually hate the people they work for so for the Republicans to show undying love for that narrow segment of the population and treat everyone else as moochers and looters never made any sense. What is surprising is that they haven’t received a real drubbing at the polls.