President Donald Trump won the election because many White working people voted for him. Trump sold them his bill of goods. Both in his campaign and as president his appeal to them is that he will make America great again.
Trump cites bureaucratic red tape, and bad trade agreements as detriments to working people because they force employers to invest in job producing investments overseas. Trump’s adornments of law and order, anti-immigrant, sexist, and racist demagoguery hide his real aim, which is to gain or maintain profits for the owners of wealth and means of production for the top ten percent.
Profits and returns on investments fuel capitalism. They never have been kind to working people, especially Blacks. Employers exploit us if we do not push back and a segment of them blame us because we cannot find jobs and are on the dole. President Bill Clinton’s ending welfare, as we know it, reflects this sentiment.
President Barack Obama’s bailouts of banks as well as Chrysler and General Motors do the same. President Trump wants to cut taxes for the rich owners of wealth and means of production to stimulate job growth and throw us fewer crumbs. Some of these owners are liberal, talk a good game, hobnob with us and throw a few extra crumbs our way. All of them are willing and able to use U.S. military might and economic hegemony to secure and maintain markets for these folks in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.
Some of the less belligerent ways U.S. presidents and the government use to influence the economy is by manipulating government spending and tax rates, overseeing money supply, and encouraging citizens to over spend. These manipulations favor big business.
Who are we making America great again for? It is not for White workers and it certainly has nothing to do with Black people. The answer is to make America great again for the rich because higher profits are harder to generate.
We must put forth our own independent agenda to make things happen such as providing free healthcare, using public jobs to rebuild the infrastructure, including low and moderate-income housing and making the minimum living wage at union scale or commensurate with the cost of living. In addition, increase the tax rate by 50 percent for the rich with no loopholes. They can afford it.
Kenneth O. Morgan is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Urban Studies Program in the Department of Criminal Justice and Applied Social and Political Sciences at Coppin State University in Baltimore.