Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Democrats know their happy face talk about the economy is a lie



By Kevin “Coach” Collins

Wikileaks has retrieved an email sent to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, from Donna Brazile, the acting Chairperson of the Democrat National Committee. Brazile said in part, “I think people are more in despair about how things are – yes new jobs but they are low wage jobs. HOUSING is a huge issue most people pay half of what they make to rent.”

She wrote these words on February 13, 2016 just days after Ed Goeas, one of the most respected pollsters in the country, wrote an alarming warning about the sentiments of likely voters regarding the economic future of their children and grandchildren.     
Writing on January 31, 2016, Ed Goeas the head of Tarrance Group polling said he was shocked to find that 70% of middle class voters “do not believe that the next generation will do as good as they have, moving the American Dream out of reach for millions.”

The Tarrance Group discovered that “…so many are so depressed that it's going to take candidates far more than an Obama-styled call for ‘hope and change’ to stir them at the voting booths. Clearly, simple sloganeering like 'Hope and Change' is not going to meet the smell test with voters this political season. The current political environment has voters thinking the federal government is an ineffective mess that is causing more harm than good. However, they still want this government to be doing more, more that works, and works for them.”

Goeas pointed to Middle Class voters as the key to the election, “because most Americans either are, or think they are members of the group. They have always made up the bulk of those who believe in the American Dream of owning a car and home and being well-employed. But Goeas, said the dream is shattered, maybe forever. A saddened Goeas continued his talk on his findings saying, “The American Dream is getting further, further, further from our reach."

Goeas mentioned the fading American Dream five times, concluding that “…middle class voters are worried that the economy has put [the American dream] out of reach for their kids who will be stuck with the bill of inefficient government and social welfare. The middle class also has deeply held feelings that the next generation will not do as well as their generation (70 percent), moving the American Dream further from their reach. Seventy-five percent believe that with the current federal government solutions, the rich get the benefits, the poor get the programs, and the middle class get the bill.In other words, the American electorate truly questions whether the American Dream, a better life for our children and grandchildren, is still within reach."

Goeas said these concerns “give Republicans an opening in the upcoming election, especially among voters who don't like Barack Obama and feel the nation is headed in the wrong direction.”

Goeas and partner Brian Nienaber wrote:

"For the middle class in this election, the frustration runs deeper, as will the measurement they use in deciding where to cast their vote. They feel the country is, and has been, moving in the wrong direction. They are extremely negative about the current president and his policies, but are equally cynical about the ability of the federal government to effectively implement solutions that work, and truly question whether those solutions are aimed at making their lives better. To top it off, those solutions may be moving the American Dream further and further from their reach. There is a path for Republicans in the upcoming election, but it is not as simple as a few choice issue positions or creative slogans. It is about painting a full picture of where we want to take this country to build a better future, and more specifically build a stronger economic future for the middle class."

An April, McClatchy survey found 89% of Republicans said the country is on the wrong track, 77% of Independents agreed  and 49% of Democrats felt the same way about the country’s direction.   

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