Any Help For The Working Class?

In the aftermath of the election, Americans are still trying to figure out what happened, why it happened, and the long-term consequences of a Donald Trump presidency.

There are those like New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman who think Trump may become more conciliatory and democratic; and there are others, like fellow Times columnist Charles Blow, who think we are in for a long-term struggle over basic democratic principles.

Most of us believe that low-income working people have not done well economically in the last several decades and that needs to change. But so far, it looks like Trump's appointments are mostly rich people who support privatization of services including education and veterans' support, along with deregulation and economic trickle-down policies that have never helped working-class people.

We must correct economic inequality. But do we really believe that the very rich understand and care about inequality? For a start, let's see if Trump and his appointees support a federal increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour -- or even  a compromise of $12 an hour. Working-class people rebelled in the election, but it was the very rich, including Trump, who  really pulled the strings.

Marcia Bok, Hartford

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