Mike Huckabee on Jobs
Republican AR Governor
One solution obviously is to prepare our children and grandchildren for the work world of the 21st century, and we must do that. As governor, I set up back-to-basics programs in math and reading that improved test scores dramatically
A: Not at all. It is not class warfare. Look, I’m not about wanting to make rich people poor. I just would like to see that poor people have a chance to get rich. If we have an economic system that ignores the fact that $3-a-gallon gasoline really does hurt a working class family, health care costs going up double digits, really affects people’s lifestyle--we’ve got people who, when asked how’s the economy doing--they just say, “It’s just doing terrific.” The macro economy is doing great. You can take a look at the stock market, and it looks great. But translate that down to the factory worker who loses his job, take that down to the single parent for whom every day is a struggle to keep food on the table, and our party had better be talking to those people, because there’s a whole lot of them.
A: The real fact is, unions are going to take a more prominent role in the future for one simple reason: A lot of American workers are finding that their wages continue to get strapped lower and lower while CEO salaries are higher and higher. And the reality is that when you have the average CEO salary 500 times the average worker, and you have the hedge fund manager making 2,200 times that of the average worker, you’re going to create a level of discontent that’s going to create a huge appetite for unions. So unions are the natural result of workers finally saying, “Look, I can’t go from a $70,000-a-year job to a $15,000-a-year job and feed by family of four.” That’s when unions are going to come back in roaring form.
A: Part of that is it is that there is still racism in this country, & the opportunities aren’t the same. Some of it has to do with the fact that there are people who unfortunately still look at a person’s face & their skin, and that’s something that government can’t change, but leadership certainly can speak to. One of the things all of us need to be aware of is that there isn’t an equal opportunity for every American yet. There just isn’t. We could say there is, but it’s not true. And the reason answer is to make sure that there are not only educational opportunities that bring equality, employment opportunities that ensure that people have the same chances as anybody else.
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