Phyllis Schlafly wrote an article today on bemoaning the current state of America, where 47% of Americans pay no income tax, and 40% receive EITC benefits or other state or federal funding that help low income households. I don’t like to attack her, since she has to be well over 100 years old by now, and I’m sort of surprised she is able to turn on her computer.

Schlafley, 40 or 50 years ago, became famous for appealing to evangelicals and fundamentalists by going all around the country asserting that women’s place was in the home. I guess she’s now trying to gain street cred among the wealthy instead, since both of her erstwhile supportive groups earn less than the average family income in the nation.

First, let’s try to figure out what is really going on in America. Thanks to Schlafley and her new free trade buddies, per capita income has hardly grown at all over the last 20 years. Instead, we’ve moved high income manufacturing jobs to Mexico and other low pay places (thanks, Clinton and Bush), forcing people who were able to support their families by building things to now be happy building Big Macs.

I guess dear Phyllis has lost all sense of compassion in her elder years, now hoping to drive the lower middle class into abject poverty. The only good thing is that no politician would ever listen to her or her mindless blathering. Cause if they did, and had any moral courage at all, this week would be the time to say ‘Elect me, I’ll get rid of the EITC.’

Phyllis forgets that these ‘freeloaders’ still pay sales tax, unemployment taxes, and property taxes. They also pay a higher percentage of their income in Social Security tax than Ms. Schlafley has ever paid, I’d guess, since the 1970s. But that would be honest, and that too is gone from her.

There’s a reason that the time America was the strongest was from the end of WW II until the late 1980’s. That is when we still manufactured most of what we used. The reason that that is important is that for a lot of people, manufacturing provided the income to buy houses, educate your kids, and save for old age. When our nation threw these jobs away, we made it less probable that the future could be as bright as the past.