One chart, two trend lines, and the 12 Word Platform
Notice the two trend lines:
1. The Clinton administration: Real wages up.
2. The Bush/Obama administration: Real wages down.
Now, I can dig out a link to a Clinton permathread if anybody wants; my point here is that the perception of concrete material benefits is very important (at least to those of a generation to have experienced the contrast. I mean, back in the 80s I had dental care. Can you imagine?) There is a reason that the truck driver in PA reacted to the OFB this way: "What part of the Clinton administration don't they like? The peace? Or the prosperity?" And that reason is very simple: The truck driver's life got better. I bet he was happier.
Note that every aspect of the 12 Word Platform has a "concrete material benefit" expressed or implied:
1. Medicare for All: You won't die for lack of care, and the country saves $350 billion a year.
2. End the Wars: Your kids won't die for reasons nobody can explain, and we can start manufacturing things for people to use, instead of machines that get blown up. And ending the war on drugs gets a lot of normal people out of jail who should never have been there. Also, too, pot, and why not?
3. Tax the Rich: Though taxes do not "raise" money that the government then "spends," taxing the rich is important to end a tyranny of inherited wealth that destroys opportunity for those whose children are not wealthy.
4. Jobs Guarantee: You won't lose your house, your health, or your life because the elite crash the economy again. And the aggregate demand the Jobs Guarantee creates will kickstart the economy and get the whole country working again.
People can probably improve these talking points, but one thing I notice about the signage in #TakeWallStreet is that there is no positive program that yields concrete material benefits. Rage is not enough.
NOTE Speaking of which: danps, any photos from that DC event?
UPDATE In the three years since this post was published, we've expanded these ideas to "The 12-Point Platform." More words, same objectives.