Joe Biden was in Las Vegas today attending a Teamsters Union conference. Nevada will be a battleground state, and no doubt he’s here to help jump start reelection efforts for 2012. Perhaps this speech will help mobilize middle class Nevadans.
Organizing for America has already started the effort here in Nevada. Activists and volunteers are being courted and brought together for preparations, voter registration and training. The demographics that would support an Obama agenda out number the opposition, but can they be mobilized?
I suppose it depends on if the middle class on down can wake up and hear what Republicans are saying and proposing against them. As Biden stated in his speech today, Republicans want to put the blame for a hard economy on working people. Labor unions are seeing more drastic attacks than anytime since 1920.
Local conservative blogger (Las Vegas Badger) doesn’t deny Joe Biden’s allegations, in fact he says duh! He blames public employee unions for bankrupting state and local governments. Quite sad that the Badger is probably just a middle class guy himself, and he’s buying this conservative non-sense and blaming hard working folks for our economic problems. It speaks volumes to the strength of the wealth driven propaganda that Americans are immersed in everyday by our corporate sponsored media.
Get real! It isn’t unions or the middle class that are the problem. Biden said it best when he accused the Republicans of using the recession as an excuse to erode worker rights:
“They’re blaming you,” Biden said. “Not Wall Street’s unregulated sub-prime mortgages, not multitrillion-dollar deficits run up by the last administration.”
Federal, state and local governments are struggling with deficits right now because revenues are down, not because of benefits, salaries or spending problems. Revenues are down because our economy crashed under Bush and his deregulation agenda, his Wall Street baron friends’ greed, and their sub-prime mortgage debacle.
Let’s place blame where blame is due. The Obama Administration has done wonders with what they were given after Bush Era depression policies. The Bush tax cuts, the two wars, the economic downturn and TARP (All Republican/Bush Era policies) account for nearly all of the debt over the next 10 years.
Republicans need to stop blaming hard working Americans (or Democrats for that matter) for all their own failed policies. But then again, they probably wouldn’t be Republicans if they did that.
“We can’t lose this war,” Biden urged. “The middle class can’t afford to lose it, the country can’t afford to lose it. We’ve been working like the devil to pass laws that protect you.”
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Justin is also an associate at the Ramirez Group in Las Vegas. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee