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  •  I think that it is kind of ironic (1+ / 0-)
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    that we are laughing because the Republicans are stuck with the "pro immigrant" candidate when that is the whole point- the White working class, especially male, voters are more like Reagan Democrats. They truly despise McCain. That's why there is so much public criticism of McCain. The Republican establishment would turn on a dime, and support him in a minute, if they though he had Obama-like enthusiasm behind him. The immigration issue is dragging McCain down.

    But for Markos to jump from this reality to the confidence that illegal immigration as a conscious policy choice of the business elite in this country to undermine wages will not resonate at all in November is something that I don't buy into at all. As the economy continues to falter, and people look around for scapegoats let us hope that they will remain focused on DC and Wall Street.

    The benign neglect of this issue was a pro-business policy designed to keep a downward pressure on wages and benefits. Working class and minority people know this. People who post on Daily Kos and think that $97,000. a year is middle class income- not so much.

    When people tried to talk about the gulf of misunderstanding between Blacks and Latinos in the American Southwest they were jumped on for being racist. Well lo and behold, there is a gulf, and it is a credit to Obama that his campaign and outreach are closing the gap.

    Just don't be so arrogant that your reality obscures that of working class people who have been screwed by this economy for way longer than the most recent downturn in the market.

    "though we rush ahead to save our time- we are only what we feel" Neil Young- 1968

    by blindyone on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 02:57:41 PM PST

    •  Larger than this (1+ / 0-)
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      The benign neglect of this issue was a pro-business policy designed to keep a downward pressure on wages and benefits

      It was also done to create an artificial cap on inflation, promote 'deep integration' between economies, and create new 'consumers' for the US 'consumer economy'.

      How else do you float an economy on borrowed  money from China, offshore the manufacturing and technology base, and yet make everybody accept that the economy is 'growing' at 3.5% per year?

      <div style="font-size:10px;text-align:center;background-color:#ffd;color:#f33">If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow - G. Bush

      by superscalar on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 08:43:01 AM PST

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