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ObamaCare Casts White Working Class Out in the Cold

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Originally published at The American Thinker.

Probably everyone to the right of President Obama’s liberal billionaire contributors has seen the pathetic local news video from WTAE Pittsburgh, the one showing the white working class getting the bad news on ObamaCare.

Yep, ordinary blue-collar workers are getting hammered by ObamaCare, because the small manufacturing and service businesses they work for are not the favored special interests of the modern Democratic Party and the bicoastal elite.

There they were, all sitting down in the break ,room at a small auto-repair shop, getting the bad news from their employer’s insurance broker. Premiums up, big time. Deductibles and co-pays up, big time.

The workers were clearly pole-axed. Their “benefits” had become a yoke around their necks. They had no idea what they were going to do.

Here’s some friendly advice: Get a clue, white working class. He isn’t going to call; he doesn’t love you anymore. By “he” I mean the Ruling Class, the educated elite, the Cathedral.

Once upon a time the Ruling Class absolutely loooved the white working class, back when the white working class was young and pretty and just happened to be a majority of the electorate. Wage and hour laws? Pro-union laws? Pensions, health care, unemployment, disability? Liberal sugar daddy eagerly pulled out the national credit card and paid for anything her little white working class heart desired.

But now the Ruling Class has moved on to the hot young minority babes and the kinky LGBTQABC babes; the white working class of a certain age is left sitting waiting for the phone to ring. It is, I fear, the normal fate of the kept woman.

There’s a chap writing over at Washington Examiner, Dan Poole, who recently took me to task for my tough love attitude. He reckons I “hate” the white working class and “paint working class White Americans as a bunch of greedy, lazy bums” writing back in 2011:

The white working class needs to stop whining about the bosses and exploitation and accept the basic contract of the free economy. Get a skill, and then offer it to the world.

But the white working class isn’t interested in success like the achievement-oriented middle class, writes Poole.

The White working class embraces work, family, friends and good character. They don’t really care about wealth, achievement, and ambition. The first line alone says it all: “For the typical white working class person, family and stability are more important than career and upward mobility.”

Maybe so. But mere “work” doesn’t quite cut it, because you need to seek out work that employers and consumers are actually willing to pay for, and that keeps changing. Worse, as Charles Murray brutally relates in Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, the white working class is not doing so well on the family and character front either, on account of all those addictive benefits that liberal sugar daddy would bring when he used to visit the white working class at election time.

What is the white working class to do? How is it to get out of its death spiral?

The answer is the same as it has always been. The white working class must become a “people of the responsible self.” It must embrace individualism. It must realize that “work” is not something where you can just show up and demand your rights. It is something you prepare for, something you develop, something you retrain for when the world moves on. Otherwise, to coin a phrase, “This sucker could go down.”

When the white working class becomes a “people of the responsible self” it will move into the Republican Party; it will become the latest group of Israelites to make an Exodus out of the land of Egypt, and escape from the slavery of dependency in the Democratic Party.

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6 Responses to “ObamaCare Casts White Working Class Out in the Cold”

  1. John Garrett says:

    Good article but I have a burning question. Why are so many American Jews democrats? When will American Jews become “people of the responsible self” and move into the Republican Party?

  2. The great thing about Obamacare is that when we see how our premiums have skyrocketed in less than a year, we're instructed to blame our employers rather than the government that pushed the price up. And sadly, our employers are already paying a lot on top of what we're paying for our healthcare. There is a myth among Americans that Europeans pay a lot more in taxes than we do, but let's do the math…somebody add up all the local, state, federal taxes (including SS and medicare) and add that to our healthcare premiums and remaining healthcare bills, and let's ask ourselves if Europeans really have it worse than we do when it comes to taxes. Let's not even talk about how businesses are taxed more on the top, leaving less room for them to spend on benefits. But let's be honest. Obamacare wasn't about restructuring the health insurance industry…if there was any thought behind it, Obamacare was created to destroy the insurance industry to pave the way for the centralized healthcare….which, to be honest, would be a bit cheaper when we consider all the middle-men between us and our doctor appointments and treatments.

  3. Gary Harper says:

    It is predicted that 2 million full time workers will opt to take part time jobs by 2017. Why? It will raise their standard of living, as their health care will be subsidized. I had a friend at Walmart who went from 4 days part time to 5 days full time. Her take home pay dropped by 60 dollars a week, and she lost a lot of her benefits (government provided, not by Walmart — they are effectively subsidized by the taxpayers.) She got herself fired, and later came back at a lower rate, so she could raise her standard of living. Obamacare will exacerbate this situation.

  4. Lisa Zweigle says:

    Obama care is forcing companies who have 50 or more employees to cut their employees to part time and minimum wage. Thousands of billion dollar companies are no longer able to afford to pay for health care for all of their employees. The solution is, cut their hours. Not only do these part time workers not get heath care, but they are also forced to work 2 and 3 part time jobs just to compensate for what they were previously making. Obama care is designed to bankrupt the US and make create a single medical provider "The Welfare System." Our economy will collapse as a result of Obama care, but I suspect this is designed so that the Muslim order can then infiltrate our country and set up shop!

  5. Eric Rose says:

    Hey, Lisa, sure there are going to be some casualties, Forward to the Statist Utopian fantasy of Obamacare.

  6. Eric Rose says:

    Socialism will work if we take it far enough. 200 million have already died in search of the Utopian paradise, onward.

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