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Often pushed into the shadows of the national poverty debate, poor rural Americans took the spotlight throughout the 2016 presidential elections, as journalists scrambled to explain the advent of Donald Trump. “The rural poor and rural working class kind of come back into the national consciousness during the election season,” says Pruitt, the University of California—Davis professor. Yet, many establishment Democrats and Republicans alike blame a “culture of ignorance” and a “culture of fear” for the “backwardness” of rural Americans, and in doing so they skimover the economic roots of rural poverty. Despite the Democratic Party’s commitment to fighting inequality, its stance towards working-class whites in rural america is often defined by disavowal and contempt. “[Poor rural whites] have become sort of a scapegoat,” Pruitt says.
Many progressive Democrats have difficulty stomaching the rural poor. Their values are seen as diametrically opposed to the Left’s commitment to the environment, racial and gender equality, immigration and prison reform. This ideological disconnect has, with the recent exception of Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign for president, blinded the progressive movement to the possibilities of what can be gained by uniting the urban and rural poor. If the polarization of America’s rural and urban working classes is the greatest lesson for Democrats in the 2016 election—as many progressives have argued in the aftermath of Trump’s presidential victory—then mending this rift should be the movement’s foremost assignment over the next four years.
It's going to take a WWII wartime effort
Coal communities have been under pressure for decades as coal-mining jobs have been lost due to more efficient mining practices, competition from cheaper natural gas and the public’s desire to move to cleaner sources of energy. The Clean Energy Worker Just Transition Act would help coal miners and other fossil fuel workers and their families by connecting displaced workers with new job opportunities through vocational education and job skills programs. The bills would also provide support so transitioning workers and their families could maintain family-level wages, health care and pensions until they are able to start new jobs.
In practice, Social Security has become the sole income for quite a few Americans, despite its shortcomings, because they have not had the ability (or the desire) to save up a portfolio during their employment years.
But you want to strip people of the 'entitlement' we have on account of working for "credits"?
a growing stock market tends to indicate more and better jobs
Cisco’s chief rivals — China’s Huawei Technologies and Sweden’s Ericsson — don’t do buybacks. They’ve been investing in innovation instead and improving their competitive posture.
Nowhere in that post, and nowhere on ATS, have I ever supported the idea of removing Social Security.
There are some glaring conflicts between what Trump has said in the campaign and retirement policy going forward. Trump, for example, has said he wouldn't cut Social Security and Medicare, although Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has long pushed for privatizing both programs. That may ultimately cut benefits
"We're not going to hurt the people who have been paying into Social Security their whole life," Trump declared, calling the payment of promised benefits "honoring a deal."
But the man heading the Trump transition team's Social Security effort? Michael Korbey, a former lobbyist who has spent much of his career advocating for cutting and privatizing the program, according to Yahoo News.
"It's a failed system, broken and bankrupt," Korbey said as a lobbyist in the mid 1990s. Korbey acknowledged that some of the reforms his group backed would hurt retirees, but "our constituents aren't just senior citizens," he told a newspaper in 1996. A decade later, as a senior adviser to the Social Security Administration, Korbey was a public advocate for the George W. Bush administration's failed attempt to privatize Social Security.
Paul Ryan, who represents mainstream Republicans, has long advocated privatizing Medicare. That means dissolving the federally guaranteed fee-for-service program and handing fixed subsidies for retirees to buy private insurance? Would these private plans be affordable? It's not known, since Ryan has never released specific details.
One theme is the greed of those who have, as opposed to the ignorance and credulity of those who have not. The story is of Joseph Armagh's revenge on a world that forced him to deny his own identity as an Irishman and as a "Roman" (Catholic). By Joe's own characterization, mankind is the most selfish species ever "spewed out of hell," and the novel is consistent with this vision. Joe's ruthless climb to the top is a joyless quest devoid of humor, satisfaction, or empathy.
it's gonna be their agenda, not his.
Jeez, TheRedneck, what my parents were able to save would be unbelievable to most younger people today.
Unless the jobs are not in America, or the value of stock is inflated.
Investing in innovation, putting capital back into a company for capital improvements.... that was also something our generation was told investments were for. But that's back when "what's good for the country is good for General Motors, and vice versa".
I feel bad that you are so defensive when talking to me, and that I have been equally walled off. I respect desert's intervention here to keep the dialogue going, and I would ask you please to desist from snarling at me, just like you want me to do.........
I've looked at your reasoning. I've found it wanting. Do I not get the same thoughtful attention?
I have always said that capitalism, while the best economic system we have found, has two inherent flaws: the very poor who cannot compete due to their poverty, and the very rich who can control markets for unfair advantage.
Desert has not insulted me, nor has she tried to make light of my concerns. You have done both, and this last time tried to put words in my mouth.