WINNING ISSUE #3: Helping the American Worker

(Third in a series on the Top 5 Winning Issues for Democrats)

Democrats have a long and truly remarkable history of improving the lives of the American worker. And while Republicans also claim to be on the side of average Americans, that scandalous assertion can’t go unchallenged. Every Democrat must make the case that Democrats are the true party of the people. Our party has by far done the most to improve the day-to-day lives of the middle class, working class, and the poor.

The messages:

  • In the last hundred years, almost every significant improvement in the lives of American workers has come from Democrats. We gave workers:
    • The 40-hour work week
    • Social Security
    • Medicare
    • Paid vacations
    • The first minimum wage
    • Time and a half for overtime
    • Unemployment insurance
    • The right of women to join the workplace
  • Democrats have strongly supported unions, so workers have a voice in how they’re treated on their jobs.
  • Democrats created a health care program for people who can’t afford health insurance.
  • Democrats have initiated almost every raise to the minimum wage in history, and we’re fighting to raise it again.
  • Democrats passed the Credit Card Act and created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect consumers from the worst abuses of the credit and financial industries.
  • Democrats are fighting for paid sick leave for all workers.
  • Democrats kept the internet fair and equal for everyone.

The contrasts:

  • If you’re a worker in America, why in the world would you vote Republican?
  • Conservatives at one time or another have opposed almost every important advance for American workers.
  • Conservatives want to destroy unions by passing “right to work” laws and taking collective bargaining away from state workers. If they succeed, workers will have no voice left in the workplace.
  • The Republican agenda is about helping big business, not workers. Their “trickle-down economics” doesn’t work (as this chart dramatically shows).
  • Republicans want to take away health insurance, with nothing to replace it.
  • Republicans voted on the side of the credit card industry and against protecting consumers.
  • Republicans oppose a significant raise in the minimum wage.
  • Republicans voted to repeal the inheritance tax for people who inherit $5.4 million or more. Democrats oppose more tax cuts for the wealthy, who have already received very generous tax breaks from conservatives.
  • Republicans wanted a two-tier internet to benefit business over consumers.

 

Other posts in this series:

WINNING MESSAGE #1: The Republican Party

WINNING MESSAGE #2: Political and Financial Reform

WINNING MESSAGE #4: The Growing Inequality Between the Rich and Everyone Else

WINNING MESSAGE #5: The Consequences of Conservatism

 

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