Whats Missing from Dems Debate
Posted on November 16, 2015 by Lou
The elites have too much power and had better watch out. We’re even ready to break up the banks, says Bernie. How cool is that?
But there’s something missing from this drumbeat to take back the country. When our candidates talk about bringing balance to the economy, it’s raising the minimum wage, training the workforce, and closing corporate loopholes. All commendable.
What I don’t hear from our democratic allies is that government (local, state and federal) cannot close the income and wealth gap by collecting taxes and setting entry level wage rates.
That only happens when workers organize their employers.
I know that’s a very quaint idea these days. With declining private-sector unions, who’s there to lead the struggle against the bosses?
Once up a time, unions could challenge employers at the workplace and force companies and industries to give up some of their profits.
Isn’t the disappearance of unions (and the consequence of that) worth at least one question at the next democratic presidential debate?