I watched it and actually saw clips before this. The problem is that the middle class and working class seldom vote on actual economic issues as they effect them. They vote on cultural, religious, social and other issues. A large number of them also vote along racial lines.
While these "town hall" meetings may convince some of the attendees, it is the large number of voters whom the Democrats must convince.
Ask anyone if they want more pay, more medical coverage, etc. and everyone will say yes. Yet, they do not vote that way because other issues confuse them or mislead them.
The economic issues they do vote on are the ones tailored by the Republicans and super wealthy and corporations to appear to benefit the middle and working classes. But, in reality they don't.
Republicans are also quite adept at framing tax issues so that it appears they will hurt the working and middle classes more than the rich or corporations.
South Carolina is having its annual war over whether or not to raise the gas tax, second lowest in the nation. Alaska is lowest. The corporations and wealthy, many out of state, are exercising tremendous influence to defeat it. Which is ironic because the S.C. Chamber of Commerce supports it. The Republicans are divided, with some being adamant they will never support it. The governor vowed to veto it.
S.C. also limits the sales tax on vehicles to $300 and an increase to being debated. This is an example of where certain wealthy, conservative or Republican individuals and groups are framing it as something that will hurt the average person. When in reality, it will matter little to them. These groups are opposed mainly because they want to eliminate all taxes on corporations and the wealthy.
I find it ironic that two of the most vocal spokesmen were proud of being in unions. Yet the rank and file union members are the ones that religiously vote for Republicans and voted overwhelmingly for Trump. Not to mention that millions of workers have abandoned the unions.
Sanders biggest problem is that he is out of touch with reality in the United States as a whole. His soak the rich tax scheme just will not gain traction in the red and purple states. He and the Democrats need to find a better way to frame the methods of paying for it.
They still need to focus on why their core groups abandoned them. It was not just about the economy as it effects the working and middle classes.
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:38 PM
Texas redistricting case makes it official: Courts are rigging the game ... and it's entirely legal
A gerrymandering case out of Texas serves to further prove the point that the judiciary is rigging the game against Republican candidates — and it’s all completely legal. Late Friday, a panel of federal judges threw out three of Texas’ congressional districts — because racism. This further highlights how the federal judiciary is using provisions of the Voting Rights Act to rig elections in favor of Democrat candidates.