Democrats have traditionally wanted to help our economy by helping the vast majority of our citizens in their valiant effort to attain the “American Dream”. I will carefully examine each of my premises, giving personal experiences for many of them.
Democrats have valued each US citizen and thus implemented the “New Deal”, the “Great Society” and “Affordable Care Act”. Attaining the “American Dream” shouldn’t be a quixotic struggle. It wasn’t when I was born in 1951. Democrats fought for good paying American jobs and we all got up every morning hopeful for a better future. I was involved in two rear-enders and as a result of the second one I was out rehabbing so long I become eligible for Social Security Disabilty. If I didn’t have that income I would have lost everything.
The GOP passed legislation to furlough Social Security Disability benefits . This occurred in February of 2011. If it had passed think of the hardship these people would have been forced to endure.
In my era we had economic security and knew if we ran into some troubles the US social safety net–which the Democrats have traditionally championed, would keep us from losing everything, as my example illustrates.
I’m looking at retirement and I’d be devastated if we had privatized Social Security as Bush 43 suggested and I had lost everything when the stock market crashed. I just know that if the GOP succeeds in gutting Medicare and Medicaid I hope I die quickly.
Democrats, unlike the GOP, have supported the labor movement because that raised the wages and benefits of employees.
The article “Obama to push extension of middle-class tax cuts” shows that President Obama wants to help the vast majority reach economic security.
The Democrats effort to aid the majority of us in contrast to the GOP’s tactics as t he article states ” The president’s appeal to middle-class voters is aimed at drawing a contrast with Romney and congressional Republicans. The House GOP is expected to make its own push this month for an extension of all the Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year, including reductions on wealthier income earners. “
Every politician knows that once a tax break is implemented it is hard to revoke. I’ve lived through this before. The GOP will conflate raising taxes of the rich with increasing taxes for everyone and soon a majority of US citizens will believe that President Obama wants to raise taxes on everyone-not just the richest.
President Obama realizes that giving tax cuts for the rich again will be counter-productive. The article “Why Letting The Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich Expire Will Not Hurt The Economy In Three Graphs” shows that now it is the richest’ turn to help the country that they earned their riches. The article illustrates that historically job creation is higher when the richest pay their fair share and that now they are contributing an historically low amount.
I don’t want to toot my own horn but I went from lower middle class to firmly in the upper half of the middle class. I like to think that I attained that status solely through my efforts, but I realize that policies that the Democrats implemented helped me along the way.