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POLL: Will Focus on 'Income Inequality' Work for Democrats in 2014?

Income inequality and lack of upward mobility are expected to be part of a broad Democratic push ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

Will a focus on income inequality work for Democrats in 2014? Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Will a focus on income inequality work for Democrats in 2014? Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

By Kristi Reed

Income inequality and lack of upward mobility are expected to be part of a broad Democratic push ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

Last month, President Barack Obama addressed what many political analysts believe will be a focal point for Democrats in 2014:income inequality.

In a Dec. 4 speech, President Obama said he hopes to reverse the decades-long frustration of a "dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain -- that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead."

In his remarks, President Obama said income inequality and decreased upward mobility pose a "fundamental threat" to the American Dream and are bad for families and the democracy. 

Extending unemployment benefits and pushing for a minimum wage hike are two areas in which Democrats intend to push for greater income equality -- a move critics say is an effort to shift focus from the troubled Obamacare rollout to the economy.

“Well, when you believe that the federal government is the solution to everything, from health care to jobs, wealth creation to success, you are forced to talk about things like minimum wage instead of maximizing the potential for the middle class and working families,” Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, told Politico. “Democrats are going to spend 2014 focusing on anything but Obamacare and the economy.”


Do you believe Democrats are right to focus on income inequality heading into the 2014 midterm elections? Do you feel income inequality is a major problem? Let us know in the comments or vote in our poll.


Note: This is not a scientific poll. It is for entertainment purposes only. 

gdfo January 07, 2014 at 05:25 PM
What about Musical Talent inequality? Or Athletic inequality? What if you are a man losing your hair, Follicular inequality? What if you cannot speak the language of the place where you live or have no skills to earn any income? How much of the differences in lifestyle can you blame on other people having more of anything than you do? What about Intelligence inequality? Who, in government, can I go to and complain that I am not equal to Einstein, or V Horowitz, or Milton Berle? Why look at what other people have? How about we, each of us, work on ourselves in all ways to recreate ourselves? Is that too much to ask?
Bob January 08, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Sure would be nice to see both parties stand firmly/fight for legislation/speak in the media on what they do stand for versus what is wrong with the opposing party. The Democrats can take this income inequality approach and receive some "benefit" (maybe) in the short term but, I think, in the long term it will not serve them well because it doesn't fit a long term strategy.

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