For the previous 30 years or so, the Left has invented a story that there are two Americas: a bunch of very super-rich individuals (the one-percenters) who’ve prospered over the previous a number of many years, and everybody else who has gotten poorer.
It’s a fairy-tale narrative as a result of virtually all Americans have seen monetary progress. The median family earnings adjusted for inflation rose by greater than 40% since 1984.
Prosperity isn’t an “us vs. them” zero-sum recreation. A rising tide actually does carry all boats.
But there actually are two Americas as we speak. First, there are the cultural and overeducated snobs — the type of people that religiously learn The New York Times, drive electrical automobiles, put on Harvard or Yale sweaters, and have by no means even heard of NASCAR or eaten at Popeyes or ridden a John Deere tractor.
And then there may be regular predominant road America. The snobs thumb their collective noses on the unrefined working-class Americans.
A gaggle I helped discovered, the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, simply printed a examine entitled “Them vs. U.S.” inspecting how America’s cultural elites are hopelessly out of contact with odd Americans. Pollster Scott Rasmussen did the analysis.
Here are among the key jaw-dropping revelations from the survey:
Financial Well-being: Nearly three-quarters of the elites surveyed imagine they’re higher off now financially than they had been when Joe Biden entered the White House. Less than 20% of odd Americans really feel the identical method.
Individual Freedom: Elites are 3 times extra doubtless than all Americans to say there may be an excessive amount of particular person freedom within the nation.
Climate Change: An astonishing 72% of the elites — together with 81% of the elites who graduated from the highest universities — favor banning gasoline vehicles.
Education: Most elites suppose that lecturers unions and college directors ought to management the agenda of colleges. Most mainstream Americans suppose that oldsters ought to make these choices.
Oh, and about three-quarters of those cultural elites are Biden supporters. Surprised?
Crime, unlawful immigration, inflation, fentanyl and manufacturing unit closings aren’t maintaining the elite up at evening as a result of of their cocoons, they don’t encounter these issues every day.
The elites in America are likely to work within the “talking professions” — college professors, journalists, legal professionals, actors and lobbyists. They preserve speaking and regular Americans are greater than ever not listening to them.
Stephen Moore is a co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity. He serves as chief economist with FreedomWorks.