Salon Fears Black Voters Will Support Trump

In this article Salon writes:

Obviously. African American youth unemployment is too high, absolutely. But as Jonathan Capehart reported in the Washington Post last month, it’s actually lower right now than it’s been in years. In December 2015, black people aged 16-24 had a 17.6 percent rate of unemployment, down from the all time high of 34 percent during the worst of the Great Recession in 2011.

But the point he seemed to be making was something else: that the president had put the well-being of Latino immigrant youth before that of African Americans and that if it were anyone but Barack Obama, African Americans would be angry about it. That’s a typical right-wing whine, unsurprising coming a man who claims he will be better for African Americans than the first black president — and he’ll do it by punishing all those Latinos that president allegedly prefers.

For the most part, there has not been a history of antagonism between Latinos and blacks as regards immigration. There have been some prominent African American politicians of the past, like the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, who believed that immigration brought down wages which helped keep African Americans in poverty. This is currently being exploited by anti-immigrant groups using her words in advertisements to make the case for closing the borders.

But most economists do not believe that wages are suppressed by undocumented workers, and institutions which used to be hostile to immigration, like unions, have changed their position on the issue. In fact, the immigration debate is much more focused these days on culture, citizenship, “welfare” and the abstract notion of sovereignty than on wages. African American leaders are squarely with the Democratic mainstream position in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.

What should frighten the author even more is Trump is aiming to win Latino American voters as well. Trump doesn’t want just white Americans to dream. He wants all American citizens to dream.

To create the highest wage pressures in the US, it is desirable for America to acquire highly skilled workers, especially those needed to relieve bottlenecks, and a high level of investment. Manufacturing jobs especially can improve the overall productivity per worker in the US, which improves per capita wealth.

If these high paying jobs and workers are brought to America, there would then be increased demand for less skilled labour to cater to them, driving up market wages for everyone, true “trickle down economics”. And with market wages rising, there’d be less demand for government programs.

Cheap labour is very profitable for companies like Tyson Foods, but it is bad for America. And currently there is a surplus of unskilled workers, leading to unemployment and lower wages.

Additionally, Obama policies like ZIRP and QE have expanded the wealth gap, created asset bubbles such as in the stock market (which makes stock holders wealthy if they sell before the bubbles burst), and encouraged American companies to buy their stock back (to artificially improve EPS) rather than invest in the US.

The Trump Revolution is a powerful force. It has the potential to burst both parties and to unite races and faiths against the two establishments.

Ah, and Salon should pray Trump doesn’t stumble upon Ron Unz’s minimum wage argument, which is that a higher minimum wage would reduce immigration pressures since mass immigration is used to hammer down wages, yet wages can only be hammered down to the minimum wage. Would Republicans support a higher minimum wage? Unlikely. But the argument could be useful to Trump or to a future candidate running on Trump’s formula. Fortunately, Republican ideology opposes the minimum wage, and it is a difficult argument for most activists to follow. (Ron Unz is something of a genius.)

Addition: To quote Bernie Sanders:

Bernie Sanders: [Open Borders] would make everybody in America poorer —you’re doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that. If you believe in a nation state or in a country called the United States or UK or Denmark or any other country, you have an obligation in my view to do everything we can to help poor people. What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don’t believe in that. I think we have to raise wages in this country, I think we have to do everything we can to create millions of jobs.


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