If they were honest, the Republicans would tell you they are governing for the wealthy, protecting them from the majority of those who know they will never be wealthy (1). Now that we can look back at the 2016 election, we can say the strategy of keeping this an open secret still works pretty well in the modern era, in fact Republicans have now won eight of the last thirteen elections with this political pandering. Kudos.
In my opinion, the ungoverning coalition consists of four major constituents a) the oligarchs and their enablers, b) theocrats and their flocks, c) found causers(2) and d) those concerned that they are losing their culture. All of these important players have something which trumps (sorry, it’s going to be a long four years) their concern for the relatively boring (not to mention unprofitable) subject of governing.
In regards to economic and those topics which are related such as organizing workers, how to spend public sector revenues and regulating economic activity (say for example, for environmental reasons) the oligarchs are the preeminent member of this ungoverning coalition.
Now, we shouldn’t forget that the oligarchs are not a monolithic group. The Club for Growth for one was an early never Trumper. President Elect Trump, as a real-estate developer is not against wielding governmental power when necessary and that scares those oligarchs who are trying to protect their wealth from the tax-person and who would like to do what they want, damn-it, with their own property. It’s America. Freedom.
Having said that, it is not like us 85% of the population who own just 15% of the nation’s wealth will every be able to tell the difference. Just look at how Trump’s cabinet is panning out so far in this ongoing tongue-only-slightly-in-cheek “Swamp Watch” analysis by Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum. The oligarchs are going to have a pretty tight grip on Trump’s America.
And with these folks ungoverning for us, do you think the Trump administration will ameliorate or worsen the economic situation represented in the graph below?
Ugh. It’s going to be a rough four years, and I’d prefer not to think about the mess our children will have to clean up afterwards.
(1)At least wealth in terms of money. Many of us non-wealthy feel, and in many ways are, much richer than President elect Trump will every be. Please don’t let conservatives tell you liberal politics is about envy. It’s not.
(2)Found causers: Those who would rather not be governed by Yankee-styled government. The Lost Cause of the Confederacy: (from Wiki) The beliefs endorse the virtues of the antebellum South, viewing the American Civil War as an honorable struggle for the Southern way of life. (minus slavery)