CLASS CONFUSION March 2, 2012Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
Do words matter? What is the relevance of social class to political affiliation?
The New York Times editorial sums up the situation for Mitt Romney and the Republican Party in Michigan. The headline reads:”Romney Wins, the Middle Class Loses”. The summary explanation has it that despite Mitt Romney winning in the Republican Primary, he and Rick Santorum who came away with an identical number of delegates, ignored the problems of blue-collar workers. Surely, by definition, blue-collar workers are the industrial working class. It is true that such workers sometimes have high disposable income, but they remain working class. I suppose that when class tied to income, the spectrum might be described as upper, middle, lower and under classes.
Otherwise, I think they are correct in writing:
A month ago, the state was rated a tossup in this November’s general election. But after voters got a taste of the Republican field, Michigan seems to be on President Obama’s side of the ledger, along with Wisconsin. Both elected Republican governors in 2010, but large numbers of blue-collar voters have turned away from the party after realizing how little regard it has for their interests.
Mr. Romney was unable to generate any enthusiasm in the state where he was born and where his family is well known. In fact, polls around the country have suggested that Republican primary voters are not thrilled with any of their choices so far. He won largely because of Mr. Santorum’s blunders, including his inexplicable decision to denigrate the value of college and to declare his contempt for John F. Kennedy and the Constitution’s mandate for an absolute separation of church and state.
Whatever, Mitt Romney’s qualifications to be President, the Occupy Movement has made his task harder, if not impossible, by changing the conversation about politics with the introduction of the notion of the 99%. I suspect that Rick Santorum’s culture wars campaign may attract a fringe and alienated audiences, but it will not be enough in a general election, although credit must be given for his success in Michigan.
RT reports on the former “middle class”:
These people do not now count, because they will probably be not voting, or perhaps even allowed to vote.
- Opportunity lost, Santorum retools for must-win Ohio – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Mitt Romney’s decisive Michigan win won’t be enough to oust Obama (guardian.co.uk)
- Mitt Romney dodges a bullet (economist.com)
- Obama attacks Romney over auto bailout stance (worldviewtonight.wordpress.com)
- Romney, Santorum hit Super Tuesday states; both claim Mich. victory (philly.com)
- Romney wins narrowly in Michigan GOP primary (ctv.ca)
- Romney Wins The Battle, But May Lose The War (usnews.com)
- Why the better candidate lost (cnn.com)
- At Truthout, Robert Reich reports :
Over just the last year 41 states have cut spending for public higher education. That’s on top of deep cuts in 2009 and 2010. Some public universities, such as the University of New Hampshire, have lost over 40 percent of their state funding; the University of Washington, 26 percent; Florida’s public university system, 25 percent.
Rising tuition and fees are making up the shortfall. This year, the average hike is 8.3 percent. New York’s state university system is increasing tuition 14 percent; Arizona, 17 percent; Washington state, 16 percent. Students in California’s public universities and colleges are facing an average increase of 21 percent, the highest in the nation.
The children of middle and lower-income families are hardest hit. Remember: The median wage has been dropping since 2000, adjusted for inflation.
- The Republican Race at Halftime (pjmedia.com)
- Duping The Blue Collar Workers (catsnjammer64.wordpress.com)
- Republican Apathy, By the Numbers (slog.thestranger.com)
- Santorum’s Collar Is No Bluer Than Romney’s (theatlanticwire.com)