I think the obvious, that BBQ pointed out above IS true...but it is important to look at how both parties interpret this...
"The reason most see the economy as terrible, is because of inequity." -BBQ, post #3
I would easily agree to the truth of this statement, but what I believe is important
is how both parties approach this unfortunate fact.
The Democrats I know (including myself) admit that the disparity is bad, admit that the
economy is both unfair, and seemingly getting more so. Most have either adapted, or tried
to supplement their income w extra gig jobs, retraining, reschooling, etc... In other words,
they have taken an unfortunate situation, and tried to make positive changes to try to adapt.
Not a perfect solution to a rotten situation, but positive, in that they are attempting to take
control and remedy the situation, or to at least mitigate or alleviate it to some degree.
The Republicans I know (which are 95% of the people I know in West Virginia) are angry (and rightfully so),
but look to place blame in ALL the wrong places. They want to blame Biden (stats show Biden has taken a
terrible economy and situation ala COVID) and helped to mitigate the worst of it, and has started to
improve the economy. Keep in mind, most of the cost of living comes from CEO's and corporate heads,
not the President and his policies. Then the Republicans want to blame minorities. An easy target,
and a tried and true deflection from the right. Stoke the hatred of minorities to divert attention from
those CEO's (most of which are GOP) from raising the rates on everyday goods across the board. And at least
in WV, only account for like 2% of the total population (i.e. there are not enough minorities in WV to worry
about white people!). And then they have the cult-like obsession with a Savior Figure, which is what I would
argue Trump is to them. They think he can SAVE them from their predicament. Even if he DID care, which he
clearly does not (aside from getting their votes), he could not convince the CEO's of this nation not to gouge
everyday Americans (precisely because he is one of them, or seeks to be one of the billionaires who gouge the
regular people for the maximum profit). So once again, the non-rich GOP are not taking positive steps to
remedy their personal situations (and they are truly the only one's who can change their own fate), but instead
they are playing the victim, and hoping for a Savior, all the while lashing out at those around them (minorities, democrats)
that have little to nothing to do with their economic position in life.
To which I would give the following advice (which I have repeatedly given to my own college aged son). "Put on your
'Big Boy diapers son, and stop whining'. Only you, and you alone, can make yourself successful. You think it was easy
for me? I got a first college degree, it did not work out. I worked for my dad's union, until he told me to leave,
because he saw unions collapsing. I went back to college and got a 2nd degree. The rest was all heads down and hard work.
Every day, whether I wanted to work or not. That is LIFE! It's not fair. No one owes you squat! It doesn't always
reward people who deserve it. Only hard work, and continuous effort will get you anywhere..."