Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan knew EXACTLY what he was doing

Last night apparently Rep. Paul Ryan made a feeble attempt to deny that he basically called black men lazy. Don't believe it for a minute. He knew exactly what he was doing.

Here's why. Thomas Edsall did some digging into polling conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute in September 2012 and summarized what he found out about white working class voters:

1. Those who vote Republican are mostly in the South.
The pre-election P.R.R.I. study found that white working-class voters in the South backed Romney over Obama 62-22, compared to a 46-41 Romney advantage in the West, a 42-38 edge in the Northeast and an Obama lead of 44-36 in the Midwest.
2. Even working class white voters (especially non-Southerners) are starting to change their views about marriage equality and abortion. So the culture wars aren't the go-to win for them they've been in the past.
Similarly, while working-class whites in the South opposed same-sex marriage by 61-32 in the P.R.R.I. survey, in the Northeast they favored it 57-37; in the West they were split 47-45; and in the Midwest they were modestly opposed, 44-49. In the case of abortion, majorities of non-college whites outside of the South believe the practice should be legal, while those in the South were opposed 54-42.
3. So what is the one thing that still unites white working class voters? Yep, you guessed it...racism.
Three out of five working-class whites believe “that discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.” This view is strongest in the South, at 69 percent, but it is the majority conviction of working-class whites in all regions of the country, where it is never lower than 55 percent.
Those are the voters Rep. Ryan was talking to. Send out the dog whistles and fan the racist flames. Perhaps that will be enough to get the Republicans through the 2014 midterms. That's the strategy anyway. And if enough of us stay home this November, it will likely work.


  1. The disdain of white working class people is not because of the president but too often from those who pontificate from a "progressive" view. Although liberal racism exists in full glory, the class and cultural biases of elites makes itself felt far too often. The racial divide between communities of color and white working class people is fanned by RW racism, that is absolutely true. But progressives have done their own damage in lumping working class white males with the 1% white males as oppressors and privileged people. They disdain policies that would rebuild manufacturing and reject manual and non-college, non-artisan labor as disposable and unnecessary. While Romney and the Tea Party could not care less for white working class people they do a reasonably good job pretending they do. Dems - especially progressives - MUST start paying attention to the impacts of this economy on ALL people. You don't have to love 'em. You DO have to include them in every solution we seek. They have been abandoned by the global economy along with everyone else. This is the fundamental point about equity in economic justice. Everyone does matter. Kudos to the president for making policy choices that benefit everyone such as the restoration today of overtime pay. Now let's have our political solutions include everyone as well. Then we might overcome the perception that economic justice is not for the laid off steelworkers.

  2. Lol@ Ryan saying he reads Charles Murray. Between Murray and Ayn Rand, how much time has he lost? He's a joke and doesn't know it. This is more suitable material for the congressman:



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