There is a fascinating story in the New York Times by Thomas Edsall: “The Future of the Obama Coalition.” Let me read this first paragraph to you. “The Future of the Obama Coalition — For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.” The Democrat Party is just abandoning white working class voters. The Democrat Party is punting. The Democrat Party is saying, “Sayonara, we don’t care.” They are going after the welfare state full-fledged. They are going after the entitlement mentality people in this country full-fledged. They’re not making any pretenses.
Here’s a pull quote. “A top priority of the less affluent wing of today’s left alliance is the strengthening of the safety net, including health care, food stamps, infant nutrition and unemployment compensation. These voters generally take the brunt of recessions and are most in need of government assistance to survive. According to recent data from the Department of Agriculture, 45.8 million people, nearly 15 percent of the population, depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to meet their needs for food.”
And yet these same people’s kids are fed three meals a day at school.