If Republicans want to start winning a national election, they need to worry less about the convention site, and more about learning to communicate with working Americans. This is the sort of thing that Reagan did well. That even Bush II did reasonably well. But that the party now seems to have entirely forgotten how to do.
If you’re going to Cleveland, talk about the price of beef.
The increases since June 2009 are: Beef and veal: +35.2%, Pork: +27%, Fish and seafood: +20.1%, Eggs: +33.1%, Dairy: +16.1%, Fresh Fruits: +13.8%.
At the same time, Average Hourly Earnings have increased by 10.1%.
The net effect is a severe downgrade of lifestyle. It means that meat becomes less affordable for more families.
I wrote about this last year in, “If you like your food, you can keep your food.”
Bacon was at $3.60 a lb under Bush. It’s now up to $5.60 a lb under Obama. The price of a whole frozen Thanksgiving turkey was at $1.32 a lb under Bush. It’s up to $1.81 under Obama giving Americans that much less to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
This isn’t just an accidental side effect of a bad economy. It’s a calculated effort to change how Americans live. It’s part of an active war on the middle class.
To the left, the great enemy is the middle class. They declare war on consumption (while consuming quite a bit) and the larger implications of Michelle Obama’s antics have passed many people by. It’s not about obesity. It’s about manufactured poverty.