Tom Perez should be on his way to the airport now, having secured the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee in an election here in Atlanta. Mr Perez, the former U.S. secretary of labor under former president Barack Obama, beat back challenger Keith Ellison by a vote of 235 to 200.
I listened to some of Mr Perez’s speech. The only thing that stood out was his call to the Democratic Party to make Donald Trump a one term president. Democrats have been in fighting mode since 20 January, vowing to push back against the man who out-gunned them in the rural, fly over states of a forgotten America.
When I think of Democrats these days, I think of two main groups. Both groups occupy urban areas.
One group is white, educated, employed, sipping lattes, and think they can make a better world by recycling garbage, digging compost gardens, putting roof top solar panels on top of their sub-urban homes, and constantly repeating the word “innovation” anytime one of their classmates develop the umpteenth up that can tell the world where everyone is hanging out for coffee.
The second group is made up of blacks and Latinos. They make less money than whites as a group. They are not as educated and have higher unemployment rates. They are thought of as likely candidates for social assistance even though statistics show the largest recipients of social services are white. You won’t see many blacks and Latinos with rooftop solar (it’s too expensive), and while both groups disproportionately make greater use of social media, employment in Silicon Valley or being known as developers of apps is near nil.
Both groups have one thing in common. They have no problem restricting the financial liberties of the majority of Americans via tax hikes. Subsidies and credits for solar projects come out of taxpayer dollars. Social welfare spending, whether on social security, food stamps, or multiple job training programs, are also financed by tax payer dollars. Let’s not mention tax credits that support the Affordable Care Act, or fees that are passed on to telephone subscribers to fund universal service access to landline, mobile, and broadband access services.
The middle class find themselves stuck between these two interests. Paying higher costs of living to support the dividend yields of affluent Democrats while paying the higher taxes that support rooftop solar and food stamps; all this while struggling to come up with $400 emergency money.
Democrats and their promise to deliver an “everything under the sun” society at our financial expense dampens our individual abilities to “just be.” These promises come with restrictions on the behavior of citizens who subscribe to government programs i.e., income verification, residency requirements, marital status, employment search requirements, etc., as well as financial restrictions on citizens paying higher taxes without access to write-offs.
I don’t see their business model as providing Americans with a better society, at least from a citizens view. From a statist view, entangling citizens into a matrix of restrictive rules and onerous taxes in exchange for benefits is how the State expands, with benefits in the form of taxes flowing from citizens to the State’s employees, including program heads, appointed and elected officials; and bond holders who finance the State’s deficits.
The relationship is unbalanced, but Democrats don’t seem to care.