Saturday, February 08, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY 'FIGHT FOR $15' WORKER THANKS PROTESTS NOT PREZ TRUMP FOR HIGHER WAGES!!!
Following this week's State Of The Union address there has, thankfully, been a discussion about the lives of working people.
Whilst Speaker Nancy ripping up the President's speech was the tabloid focus, serious people attempted to ignore the sideshow and consider arguments about alleged improvements into working-class lives.
A quick rundown of headlines which exemplify the debate from both sides:
Fox News: Trump's 'Great American Comeback' helping low-income workers prosper, president says
MSN: 'Blue collar boom'? Not quite, Mr. President
PBS: Trump claims his policies are driving great economic growth. What does the data say?
Notice that Prez Trump has stopped touting the stock market as critics have refocused economic arguments on a much more vast segment of the American public: The working poor.
This debate seems to resonate more than most when it comes to economic struggle in Kansas City:
President Trump touted low-wage worker pay gains but much of the credit goes to state minimum wage hikes
In Missouri, after effective grassroots advocacy and a statewide vote there is finally some movement on minimum wage increases.
But the struggle for local fast food union fighters continues as wages still fall well below a $15-per-hour goal.
The irony here is that many local Conservatives who support Prez Trump will tout economic gains for low-income workers during his tenure then TURNAROUND and oppose wage increases for those very same laborers. Similarly, protesters are hesitant to acknowledge that without the economic boom under the current administration there would be little opportunity to increase their salaries.
And all of these considerations preceded a quick talk with one of our protester friends. Here's what she said:
"I don't see it. If you say the economy is doing better than I guess that's right but when I look around at folks who are helping us to get a better deal, it's just one or two people in office . . . The majority of what I see making a difference is from Stand Up KC. That's how we've been speaking up and finally we're getting some support. I think even companies realize that when they pay their people better wages, everyone wins. Customers get better service . . . The work environment improves and the whole business is better for it . . . I'll be a long time before computers can do EVERYTHING and until then we should have a right to have a union like anybody else."
Not wanting to take any more time away from my protester buddy as the midday crowd grew more intense, I departed with my fast food bounty in order to write this post.
Of course, she screwed up my order.
The big distraction here is the slap-fight over "socialism" and talking points intended to mislead the public into a culture war debate rather than focus on more broadly supported AMERICAN UNION and the very CAPITALIST struggle for leverage and more money.
Nevertheless, the plight of Kansas City low-income workers persists amid the rising cost of living as both Prez Trump and Progressives make promises to these voters who have struggled to bring their concerns to the forefront of 2020 election season.
Developing . . .