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Sun Jun 21, 2015, 10:51 AM

Thoughts regarding "middle America"

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Surprising numbers of white working-class voters will support the Democratic agenda—if Democrats promise to reform the government that would carry it out.


Another good idea from Washington Monthly - actually, I think this idea would work for everybody!

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/junejulyaugust_2015/features/the_average_joes_proviso055824.php?page=all

These voters, as we shall see, are open to an expansive Democratic economic agenda—to more benefits for child care and higher education, to tax hikes on the wealthy, to investment in infrastructure spending, and to economic policies that lead employers to boost salaries for middle- and working-class Americans, especially women. Yet they are only ready to listen when they think that Democrats understand their deeply held belief that politics has been corrupted and government has failed. Championing reform of government and the political process is the price of admission with these voters. These white working-class and downscale voters are acutely conscious of the growing role of big money in politics and of a government that works for the 1 percent, not them.


These findings came out of innovative research conducted in partnership with Page Gardner’s Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund and David Donnelly’s Every Voice.

In recent years, too many Democrats have presumed that the white working class is out of the party’s reach and that talk of reforming government and the political process simply does not move voters. My contention is that both of those presumptions are wrong. An agenda of reform is the key to Democrats winning the greater share of white working-class and unmarried women votes that will give the party the majorities it needs to govern.

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Response to SusanCalvin (Original post)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 08:45 PM

1. Self kick for the heck of it..... nt

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Response to SusanCalvin (Original post)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 08:47 PM

2. "Average Joe" is a touchy handle when used on DU.

Just in case you didn't know.

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Response to U4ikLefty (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 08:49 PM

3. No, I didn't, thanks.

I copied Washington Monthly's title, so I guess they didn't either.

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Response to SusanCalvin (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 08:56 PM

4. I'm not ragging on your post. Just look up "Average Joe" and "white privilege" on DU

All will be clear.

BTW, Go Bernie!!!

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Response to U4ikLefty (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 09:04 PM

5. Didn't think you were.

I always appreciate information.

That, combined with the subject, explains why what I thought was an interesting and possibly useful article got ignored.

Go Bernie!

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Response to SusanCalvin (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 09:08 PM

6. It's a good article, may I suggest you

bump this thread Monday morning when more eyes will see it?

Many DUers are not online on a Sunday evening, but Monday morning is busy.

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Response to U4ikLefty (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 09:14 PM

7. I will do that

If I am awake enough to remember. (Not a morning person.)

Thanks.

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