Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders shows no signs of slowing down at age 75. His push for a $15 minimum wage, this time with new ally and fellow New Yorker Chuck Schumer, was on full display this morning.
The most popular politician in America today energized an already excited crowd, as he introduced a bill that would raise the minimum wage to, as he put it, “fifteen bucks an hour.” Adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage is worth far less than it was 50 years ago.
Reaganomics, coupled with a weakened Democratic Party that has moved further and further to the Right of the political spectrum has resulted in a massive redistribution of wealth and a wealth gap that is unsurpassed in the modern world.
1/2 of America’s population is considered poor or below the poverty line. It’s easy to see how an outsider like Donald Trump could become president under these conditions. People are desperate. The policies of the past have destroyed the middle class and it is clear both the party of John F. Kennedy and Donald Trump have little interest in solving these problems.
Sanders, for his part, has been fighting for such issues consistently for the better half of the 20th century and into the 21st against significant establishment and media backlash.
With a Republican majority in both houses, it is unlikely at least until 2018 that things will change on this issue for the foreseeable future. But no one should be counting the most popular man in US politics out at this point.