The new “Left” is absurdly rich and doesn’t care about working people. It doesn’t matter if they are American citizens, legal residents, or illegal immigrants.
Lisa Bhimani is running for the Legislature in Morris and Somerset Counties. She claims to be a “fighter” for average folks but how? She’s so average she not only owns a million dollar home in the district – she has a $1.6 million place in Manhattan. Check the United States Census figures. That’s not average, that’s being a at the top of the One Percent.
What’s wrong with the Democrat Party in New Jersey?
The last two Democrat Governors have been Wall Street One Percenters. Cory Booker is a Wall Streeter, as are many others… this is who dominates and runs the New Jersey Democrat Party. Senate President Steve Sweeney, a blue-collar union guy, is the odd-man-out in a leadership that got rich playing with money, through crony capitalism, and government contracts.
In his book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making, Duke University's Nick Carnes points out that while upwards of 65 percent of citizens are "working class" and 54 percent are employed in a blue-collar occupation, just 2 percent of the members of Congress and 3 percent of state legislators held blue-collar jobs at the time of their election. How is that for a party that preaches diversity?
For non-citizen legal residents, the percentage in the working class is even higher, and for illegal immigrants higher still. Not being eligible to vote, they are not represented at all – although the Democrats do make use of their bodies by carving out more Democrat districts by inflating the numbers with non-citizens.
Not to worry… the One Percenters claim to be representing them. Actually though, people like Lisa Bhimani and Darcy Draeger (formerly of UBS Investment Bank) and Tom Malinowski (scion of a wildly wealthy blue-blood family) support policies that pit the illegal gray economy against American workers. What difference does raising the minimum wage make when a business is free to hire all the illegal labor it wants – courtesy of a Sanctuary State scheme?
Just a generation or so ago, wages were such that the American working class formed part of the vast “Middle Class” that was the cornerstone of America’s economic and political stability. Read Elizabeth Warren’s The Two-Income Trap or
The Fragile Middle Class (Americans in Debt) for more on what happened. Now the working class are the punchline in a joke perpetrated by people like Tom Malinowski and Phil Murphy.
Our friends at Save Jersey posted the story and video below. In it, Congressman Tom Malinowski identifies his audience as “elitists” who he publicly assumes would never get their hands dirty. He goes on to explain that there are “a lot of jobs in our community… that Americans are not willing to take” and asks “who do you think is taking care of our seniors” and “who do you think is mowing our beautiful lawns in Somerset County.”
While the administration of President Trump has created unprecedented job growth, it will not last forever. And while the unemployment rate is currently low, it does not reflect those who have stopped seeking employment. There could be great opportunities for business ventures and employment in the fields Congressman Malinowski mentions – provided that profits and wages are not held artificially low through the use of near-slave labor.
That is what Tom Malinowski is celebrating… the use of near-slave labor for the benefit of wealthy elites. They employ near-slave labor through the gray economy and then say that American workers don’t want the jobs. Is it the jobs they don’t want – or the pay?
And the idea that there is nobody in central New Jersey who would be willing to do those jobs – provided the pay was something you could live on – is nonsense. The poverty rate in Trenton is 28 percent – and Trenton is a lot nearer to Somerset County than Guatemala. But those trapped in poverty in Trenton will never get out of it if the only jobs available are those in the gray economy working for near-slave level wages.
A legal economy would smash the modern wage slavers and allow wages to rise to livable standards in America. Those employed could then organize and form unions to collectively protect their rights.
Tom Malinowski supports the status quo. He wants illegal immigrants to be paid near-slave wages to subsidize the rich lifestyles of people like him. It is an old story and it got Julius Caesar in trouble, back in the day.
Near the end of the Roman Republic, the rich patrician class had made the working class poorer by bringing in vast quantities of slaves to take their jobs. Caesar objected to this and pushed through a law that protected jobs for citizens. The Roman Senate ended up murdering Caesar.
Human beings go round and round, chasing their tails. We learn, unlearn, and relearn… now as then.