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Friday, July 10, 2015

You'd think someone who wants to be President might know this


Republican Presidential candidate Jeb! Bush is in hot water for saying this:
My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.
He says this because it's become a Republican meme that the American middle class and "the poors" are to blame for their own lack of a livable income. Republicans don't want to acknowledge that wage stagnation and corporations taking bigger and bigger slices of the pie at the expense of their employees are responsible for a lot of the poverty in this country.

Here's what Bush apparently doesn't understand:


American productivity has skyrocketed since the 1950s. Wages started falling in the 1970s. The economic benefits of the American productivity increase went straight to the rich. The actual workers saw none of it.

That's why the middle class is dying, why the poor can't get out of the hole they're in, and that's why Jeb! Bush is an asshat who should never be President.

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