If you're part of a hard-working middle class family in Arizona, millionaire Congressman Jeff Flake hates you.
While your family has been struggling over the past eight years, Jeff Flake has been doing nothing in Congress but trying to get his made-up face and supercilious sound bites on camera and making sure that he and his millionaire and billionaire buddies and campaign donors have made out like bandits.
He's interested in the rich, not struggling middle-class families. His votes show that. Today the Wall Street Journal's front page cries out, "LOST DECADE FOR AMERICAN INCOME":
The inflation-adjusted income of the median household — smack in the middle of the populace — fell 4.8% between 2000 and 2009, even worse than the 1970s, when median income rose 1.9% despite high unemployment and inflation. Between 2007 and 2009, incomes fell 4.2%.
The data, released Thursday, underscore the extent to which U.S. households relied on government benefits — and each other — to weather the recession and how living standards at the middle of the middle class have stalled. The recession has been particularly hard on young workers and young families. Younger workers have a harder time qualifying for unemployment benefits because they have a shorter work history.
That has prompted many young adults to move in with family, or put off leaving home in the first place. The number of 25-to-34-year-olds living with their parents rose 8.4% to 5.5 million in 2010 from 2008. Within that age group, 42.8% fell below the poverty threshold—$11,161 for an individual.
The Census snapshot indicated that the gap between the best-off and worst-off Americans widened a bit more in 2009, a long-standing trend.
But corporate lackey Jeff Flake votes against every government program that would help hard-working middle-class families. He doesn't believe they're worthwhile. That's why he wants to eliminate unemployment insurance, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps. He believes in social Darwinism, the law of the jungle, that the free market will take care of everyone - even though history has proven him an asshole again and again.
Hey, you may be a struggling East Valley middle-class family, but you're going to vote to re-elect Jeff Flake, aren't you? To give him and his fat-cat Republican buddies another chance to lower your income? Jeff Flake counts on schmucks like you to give him another two years to keep screwing you while he laughs all the way to the bank. Otherwise you'd be voting for me or Democrat Rebecca Schneider.