By David Mayer (as posted on FB – LVLZ)
Supermarket politics. I just ran into an older gentleman on the check out line at Stop and Shop in Hampton Bays, Long Island. He couldn’t read the label on a can, and asked me for help.
While waiting on line we got to talking about the rising cost of goods (cogs). As we approached the cashier who is an older woman, she opined and said, “Trump will bring the cogs down.”
The older gentleman quickly spoke up, “he’s going to make it worse, not better! See the gas prices creeping up? That’s just the beginning!”
He kindly explained to her that the recent tax bill does nothing for working class folks like herself and that personally, he couldn’t weather another stock market crash like we had with Bush Jr because he’s 77 years old and time is not on his side.
The man explained how Obama more than doubled the stock market after being handed a major recession and was able to lower the unemployment rate, as he walked away, he said, “oh and btw, he kept us out of war.”
She looked at me and said, “well he has a point, and honestly the latest tax bill hardly did a thing for me, I’m embarrassed to say this, but I’m not sure if I’d vote for Trump again, I think I made a mistake, so did others.”
This November, we must change the narrative, not simply scream “impeachment” and “Russia”. We must talk about the economy at a local level, national numbers won’t help defeat Republican incumbents in congressional races.
Here on Long Island, our unemployment rate is above the national average and growth is almost non existent. Talk about what matters to the average person, don’t use extreme rhetoric. We can do this, we can win! #bluewavedems
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