Posted: 05/05/14 14:48
by Dave Mindeman
The Democratic Party has always been associated with the working class. They defend the worker - they promote the middle class. At least that is what they are supposed to be doing.
Now I figure if guys like Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty can figure it out then for Pete's sake, this should be a no-brainer for Democrats.
Santorum has a book out that speaks to his party about working class people. He believes that they can never represent workers until they allow for at least an occasional increase in the minimum wage. He rightly states that the GOP has represented the "job creators" and ignored the "job holders" - at their peril.
For once Santorum makes some sense and Democrats should heed the message. The minimum wage is Democratic bread and butter and that is why it is so frustrating to see wage bills stall in Congress without a fight. And in Minnesota for Democrats to bottle up a minimum wage bill over semantics.
Too many Democrats are letting the Chamber of Commerce have a bigger place at the table than they deserve. They have been wrong about the economy, wrong on taxes, and incredibly wrong on minimum wage.
And as long as I'm on a blue collar rant - let me bring up NAFTA and other free trade agreements.
THESE ARE NOT FREE TRADE DEALS! They are trade deals bought at the expense of worker protection. Free trade that exploits labor is not "free" trade at all. It costs us middle class wages, it costs us jobs, it costs us economic growth. All of that so that business can make more profits that they can hold in offshore accounts to avoid taxes.
It is NUTS!
I have heard more than one political commentator say that John Kerry would have been President in 2004 if it weren't for NAFTA. There is a portion of western Ohio that has never forgiven Bill Clinton for signing NAFTA and those auto workers either stay home or hold their nose and vote Republican - because they feel betrayed. And they were!
As for Minnesota, this is the DFL - with a BIG L for labor. Get back to your roots Democrats. Defend labor. Promote labor. Win with labor.