Money in the pocket and rest is…meaningless?


Responding to Hill article concerning the worry of democrats over the effect the “better” economy will have on the midterm vote

Democrats are worried that the state of the economy, perceived by many to be getting better, might cause voters to vote for republicans in the midterms.  It is probably so that it is the economy (stupid!) that counts most for good numbers of voters, something rather dangerous that maybe should be given thought because if what is most important, so important that it cancels out consideration of other things important–environment, foreign policy, education, gender equality, issues concerning race and ethnicity–justice issues–and so on, then we live in a let all go to hell as long as I have more to spend, then our sensibilities, our social and political sensibilities can be, are being bought and sold.  By whom?  A very interesting question, the answer to which is obvious IF we can turn away for moment from consumption and look into the future just a bit to get a glimpse of what the cost of this focus and the blindness that comes with it really is, the continuation of the kind of public policies that serve a relative few at a very high cost to the whole of humanity and to all those people, the vast majority, who think they work for their own prosperity only to find, within a relatively short space of time, that they really work for the prosperity of others, theirs a pittance of what is made off their labor by those others who use their riches to increase their political power, power used to buy government to work their will.

Things that badly need to change will not be changed if those who vote are satisfied with pennies on the dollar for their labor and can be moved forcefully when the penny wage is raised by two or three–the “give back” to labor by corporations after the GOP tax cut and was a find example of the throwing the inmates a crust of bread and they being thankful for it not knowing when their fortune will be so good again.


By lafered

Retired professor of education concerned with thoughtfulness

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