The GOP: Party of the Working Class
…or so they would like you to believe. The Republican Party has long held itself to be the representative of the working class. With their fiscally responsible policies they claim ownership of the mantle of the party of economic growth. The tax breaks given to millionaires, billionaires, and corporations are simply rewarding the “job creators,” who will be so grateful for these handouts they will let the wealth trickle down to the rest of us through expansion and job creation.
Unfortunately for them, reality contradicts these claims. The true end result is the rich get richer, the rest of us get poorer, and the wealth never trickles down. Instead of investing in expansion and new jobs, CEO’s and other wealthy elites just re-invest in their personal net worth. Under Republican economics, wages have stagnated despite growing productivity, home ownership is at historic lows, interest rates for credit cards and student loans are at all time highs, and working Americans are getting a bum deal. There is a reason why all research shows the economy and workers thrive much more so under Democratic administrations than Republican ones. Instead of giving massive corporate welfare to companies like Walmart or their owners the Walton family, our government needs to invest in the other 99% of the population. No place is this conflict of values more evident than the debate over raising the minimum wage from a starvation wage of $7.25 an hour to a higher level and then indexing that wage so it will cease to be the political football it has been for the past five decades.
On the eve of one of the biggest fast food strikes in history, the Agenda Project Action Fund released Stop The Greedy Clown, a behind-the-scenes look at Ronald McDonald working Republican politicians and trading campaign contributions for bad policy. The video came on the heels of an announcement by McDonald's that they were re-launching Ronald McDonald, complete with cargo pants and tweets. "They need to re-re-launch Ronald McDonald," said Erica Payne, President of The Agenda Project Action Fund. "Instead of cargo pants, give him a conscience." Payne added, "The CEO of McDonald's makes $9,247 an hour while the people who actually cook the food and serve the customers live in poverty. We need to stop the Greedy Clown before he destroys the country." The video ends by asking viewers to sign the Low Pay Is Not OK petition which calls for $15 an hour wages and the ability to form a union without intimidation.