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White working class shrinking as percentage of U.S. population

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Michael Lind SAYS “demographic panic” is behind the Republican Party’s pursuit of gridlock in Washington.

An excerpt:

Having lost much of the white professional class to the Democrats (perhaps temporarily), the Republican Party is increasingly the party of the declining white working class. Non-Hispanic whites are shrinking as a percentage of the U.S. population. Meanwhile, the traditional skilled working class and lower middle class are shrinking as a proportion of the workforce, while the service sector proletariat and college-educated professionals increase their share.

To add insult to injury, the Democrats, instead of reaching out to white working-class voters, often have snobbishly dismissed them, as Obama did with his patronizing discussion of the “bitter” people.

In these circumstances, the American white working class quite naturally is experiencing “demographic panic.” Declining groups experiencing such anxieties generally focus on blocking adverse change, using the political institutions they still control. Apart from hanging on to their power as long as they can, they usually do not have programs for governing the country, something they do not expect to be able to do in the long run.

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  1. Neftali

    Lind is just another lost liberal like Chris Mathews, Olbermann, and even Cunningham who still think its 1968.

    The Republican gridlock has absolutely nothing to do with race. i offer this video as proof:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcsnWLLdl70

  2. expdoc

    The good news? As the demographics continually shift in the democrats favor they will no longer to be able to succesfully deploy the race card/we are the champions of you the poor and downtrodden. It will become more obvious to those in the new demographic majority that they have been conned for all these years and that the big spending politicians never had their best interest in mind.

    For an excellent discussion related to demographics in the inner city listen to this podcast from the Milt Rosenberg show on WGN

    http://www.wgnradio.com/shows/ext720/wgnam-x720-uncut100118b,0,735803.mp3file

  3. Mr. Silverback

    Aren’t you all glad we live in the post-racial Obama era?

    No, it couldn’t be that they oppose the president’s agenda (gee, like the Dems did when they were the minority pary?) or that they think there are better answers to our problems than our kids and grandkids into poverty. Nope, must be race.

    The home of racebaiting in America is the Democratic Party. I guess accusing Republicans of “race panic” saves liberals from having to talk about how every city where black kids don’t learn to read and have to keep an eye peeled for drive-bys has been run by Dems for 40 years or more.

  4. DingDong

    If you can not win the argument with facts lets go to accusing the opponent of being a racist. It is the same tactic as they took trying to link the IRS plane guy to the tea party movement. He then try to take it a step further and try to relate working white people to slave owners. Basically Pat and the guy he wrote this article are useful idiots of the far left wing of the Democratic party.

    He also touches on immigration as one the main factors in the erosion of the white middle class, then relates it to immigration of the past. Immigration today is much different, in the past we did not let another single country take over by way of illegal immigration.

  5. Mr. Silverback

    ***If you can not win the argument with facts lets go to accusing the opponent of being a racist. ***

    Q: What’s the definition of a racist?

    A: Someone winning an argument with a liberal.

  6. Silverback suggests that the only so-called racists are people who are “winning an argument with a liberal.”

    That’s pretty stupid, even by Silverback standards.

  7. DingDong

    I don’t see conservatives calling anyone racist.

    Silverback, I have noticed with age, some seem to not be able to understand sarcasm.

  8. Mr. Silverback

    Yeah DD, I’ve noticed that, too.

    Hey Pat…when are you going to have something for me besides insults? Like maybe you could answer any of the questions I’ve posed in the last 4 or 5 days…or are ya skeered?

  9. expdoc

    Mr Silverback,

    Pat is a dyed in the wool liberal. He can’t help his knee jerk name calling and snarkiness. He even warns readers all about it on his welcome page. It is however what makes he and his liberal buddies like Peanut so entertaining.

    The only difference between Pat and Peanut is that Pat has either mellowed with age or he can’t be as nasty as Peanut because it would cost him his corporate gig. They rarely will have a discussion based on facts because….they can’t.

    Don’t take it personally, Pat’s silence and Peanut’s ranting are the special way that they say you’re right.

  10. expdoc

    blo·vi·ate (blv-t)
    intr.v. blo·vi·at·ed, blo·vi·at·ing, blo·vi·ates Slang
    To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner

    Peanut,peanut,peanut. You will never learn.

    As the famous song says “you don’t know me”. Most of what you call bloviating is me making fun of you (remember that, as I consider you a master bloviator). And as far as being a hypocrite, well that really has more to do with Pat. I only like to tweak him about his serious pronouncements about name calling, stalking and language and then laugh as he let’s you get away with it every day. I have seen alot of the old s@$% out of you lately, something I remember Pat getting his undies in a bundle about not too long ago.

    But as I said, he can’t help it. As a liberal ,life long observer of politics, how could he be anything but?

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