Jeanette, Pennsylvania- When Joe Biden visited this corner of southwestern Pennsylvania in the final weeks before the election, his goal was not so much to win, but to show the region’s heavy working class voters that his party would at least try Was ready to do.
After visiting a union training center through Westmoreland County in late September, Biden said that a lot of white working-class Democrats thought we had forgotten them. “I understand their feeling, that they are left behind.”
Democrats have offered like that ever since President Franklin D. Roosevelt pronounced the New Deal and aligned with working-class voters. That link was rooted in the notion that Democratic policies would improve the lives of workers.
But this relationship has steadily deteriorated, and working-class voters now see Democrats as a party of cultural elites who criticize and reject their values. Such resentment has prompted workers to vote against their own economic self-interest, noting that the GOP’s fiscal policy is often moving towards the wealthier and larger corporations.
Now Biden and his party hope that by passing a $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package to deal with the economic consequences of coronoviruses, which will pay low and middle-income Americans, they can at least gain a greater proportion of voters. Working Class.
The president will visit Delaware County outside of Philadelphia on Tuesday to help promote the new aid package.
Nonetheless, that package, which Republicans see as a purely liberal priority list, would be put to the test in places like Westmoreland County, which was a Democratic stronghold until its industrial base returned.
Democrats expect most Americans to have a strong counter to the $ 1,400 out-of-pocket criticisms they receive from the bailout. The package dramatically expands the tax credit for families with children, strengthens unemployment benefits, reduces taxes on student loan debt, and lowers coverage coverage costs.
Former Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Ed Reindel believes the law will not solve the party’s problems with working-class voters alone, but it is “a good first mile on the road.”
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