Illegitimate Anger

Illegitimate Anger

I’m really…really sick of what the media is describing as legitimate rage at “the system”. Please stop. Trump voters and much of the public is angry and dissatisfied over a “rigged” economy that it chose!
The media needs to stop giving the American public a pass for making choices that landed it in this situation. Why are wages low? Because we vote for House and Senate members who have worked to erode unions that have fought for worker and wage protections since the industrial revolution.

We have given corporations carte blanche freedom to treat workers any way they want. We have allowed the demonization of unions and worker protections and now we are angry because we can’t make a living? Of course we can’t. Please. We made this bed. We have let Republican’s tear down unions but at the same time, the average CEO makes 350 times what the average worker makes. We made this bed at the ballot and it’s time to undo it.
Consider this: “Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 27 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.

Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions.
More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of nonunion workers do. Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.”

Somehow, Republican’s convinced the working class that unions are somehow against their interest, when in reality unions fight for their interests.
Republican’s have convinced the working class that unions are just an extension of Democratic politics, and they’re right. Dems have promoted unions because unions improve the lives of working Americans as the stats cited above show.

Now the same workers who turned their backs on unions have no one to fight for their interests. But for the angry working class voter, choosing a billionaire businessman who makes all his products in foreign countries is far from the answer. At a certain point, we in the working class need to stop pointing the finger at Washington and look in the mirror.

We chose a system that works against us. We need to make better choices.

About the Author

Former Senate Staff Director, veteran of Capitol Hill, and Appointee of President Barack Obama. Currently writing a memoir about experiences in politics and legal controversy. Lead singer of Indie Rock Band, stereosleep. Dedicated father and future husband.