Who plans to grow up to be an everyday, average American? This country has always looked down on average, or at least we did until the word stopped meaning what it sounds like. That’s because politicians lowered the bar on average so they can claim that more Americans need help. The new goal for many Americans, like the workers engaged in the Fight for 15, is staying below average and using the government to get by.
Is raising a family on a fast food worker income the new definition of average American?
Average Americans don’t need another champion
Out of the gate Hillary Clinton sounds like an Obama clone. She wants to be the champion of everyday Americans, or at least that’s what she says.1 Clinton apparently thinks that average Americans need a hero. That hero was not Obama or we wouldn’t need another one, so it’s anyone’s guess how walking in his footsteps will make a difference.
Clinton is wealthy and privileged. She held a high government office long enough to leave scandals behind. She weathered scandals in the White House when her husband was president. She survived the Whitewater scandal back home in Arkansas. With the exception of the platitudes that spew from her mouth she is everything liberals say they despise. Is this the average American’s champion?
A tumultuous history and ongoing questions won’t stop the everyday Americans Clinton will pander to from choosing her as their benefactor. That’s because Hillary’s supplicants will not be average Americans. They will be the Americans who are engaged in the Fight for 15. She won’t help them any more than Barack Obama has, though she has already signaled her support for their cause.
Don’t bet on the government
Unless you are wealthy beyond belief politicians will fail you. That means government will fail you, too. That’s why no one bets on the government for help if they have a choice.
When average Americans think about the government it’s likely because they are getting hurt. Perhaps the tax man is coming too often and asking for too much to spend on things that benefit other people. Who are those other people? Ironically, they are Obama and Clinton’s everyday Americans.
The image of the average American family can be used for all sorts of things. For example, it was used by Obama as an excuse for a health care bill that will expand Medicaid and cost families lots of money:
And, in fact, there’s going to be a whole lot of savings that we obtain from that because, for example, the average American family is paying thousands of dollars in hidden costs in their insurance premiums to pay for what’s called uncompensated care — people who show up at the emergency room because they don’t have a primary care physician.2
Thanks to the government’s spending priorities the average American is paying for a lot of things. Some of these costs don’t matter to Obama any more than they will matter to Hillary Clinton, like the costs of educating and providing emergency room health care for the illegal immigrants Democrats are terrified of offending. There is also the cost of the Democratic Party’s average Americans, those who try to raise a family on fast food worker incomes and pursue their Fight for 15 because they put themselves in a position where they need more money and don’t have the skills or the drive to earn it.
Fight for 15 is way below average
The Republican budget was roundly blasted by liberal types in the House who don’t like cutting spending because it would mean less of all the things that make government so expensive:
The Republican budget increases savings for the rich by $200,000; while increasing taxes by $2,000 for the average American. The legislation repeals the Affordable Care Act, cuts SNAP funding, and strips away $1.2 billion in education funding for our country, with $36 million in cuts to education funding for North Carolina.3
The real average American makes a livable middle class income and pays lots of taxes because the everyday Americans we keep hearing about have no money. That’s why the Fight for 15 movement has been taken up by opportunists like Congressman Charles Rangel on behalf of the families who will end up paying for the fallout from raising minimum incomes:
I proudly join the effort to support the fast food workers’ Fight for 15. In America, the land of opportunity, no one who works full-time should be struggling to raise a family,” said Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY). Increases in minimum wage have not kept pace with the rising costs of basic necessities for the average American family, while income inequality has increased by 23 percent since 2008.4
The best way to Fight for 15 is to get a better job. Apparently average, everyday Americans don’t do that anymore. They rely on people like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Democrats in Congress to raise their incomes.
Everyday Americans will get hurt by Hillary
Clinton’s inopportune ”Thanks to POTUS” tweet backing Obama’s amnesty order should tell everyday Americans just how worthless and mundane they are regarded by the Democratic establishment. It should also tell them that they are staring a wealthy female version of Obama in the face and along with it that same arrogance, condescension, and failure that will take years to recover from.
Average, hard-working, everyday Americans know who they are. They make middle class incomes from decent jobs. They own the places they live in. They pay lots of taxes. They don’t Fight for 15, or insist that their food stamp benefits be raised, or hope that the first two years of college for their kids will be free in exchange for a “C” average (see: Affordable College: Higher Education Made Dumber). They work hard and wonder why it’s so difficult to rise above average. They already have, thanks to liberal politics, and they don’t even know it.