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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 02:10 AM

'Trump political base hit hardest by coronavirus'

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53224752

The economic impact of the coronavirus has taken a heavier toll on low-wage earners according to Tomas J Philipson, the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

In an exclusive interview with the BBC before his reported departure, he said: "There's a sort of unique impact of this shock in that its very regressive, hitting the low wage part of the economy. Low-wage workers take a bigger hit than higher wage".

The virus has derailed any progress the US was making in raising the living standards of those on low pay, Prof Philipson said in an interview for Coronavirus: The Economic Shock, in which some of the world's leading economists and business leaders look at how the gravest economic downturn in nearly a hundred years may change the way we live and work.

"We had enormous success in growing lower wages before the pandemic struck, so this has taken a very regressive toll on the economy," he argues.

This has political implications for the upcoming November election as President Trump enjoys far higher support among non-college educated voters - often used as a proxy for low vs high wage earners - than among those who have college degrees.

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ClearSky24 Jun 30 OP
UncleTomsEvilBrother Jun 30 #1
GusBob Jun 30 #2
WhiskeyGrinder Jun 30 #6
SharonClark Jun 30 #3
beachbumbob Jun 30 #4
Newest Reality Jun 30 #5

Response to ClearSky24 (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 06:57 AM

1. This title is misleading.

The article suggests that low wage earners are hit the hardest in the United Sates. African Americans are the low wage earners in the United States. African Americans are being hit the hardest by this virus, and African Americans are not Trump's base.

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:06 AM

2. I get your point

And it could be argued that Trumps base is actually
Rich white folks

I think they demographic they are referring to is
White non college educated voters. Trump scores big with them

You are spot on the title is misleading and factually in correct

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 08:50 AM

6. Came here to say just this. The headline does a grave disservice to BIPOC and makes it easy to

ignore the way the pandemic and the response to it is hitting them disproportionately hard. Ugh.

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Response to ClearSky24 (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:38 AM

3. The title is more BS by the BBC.

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Response to ClearSky24 (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:48 AM

4. the trump base being hit harder is only because they been bred to ignore facts and reality

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Response to ClearSky24 (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 08:42 AM

5. Wait...

When was this? Did I miss this somehow? Was it in the news once? My notion is that it's largely been flat wages with ever increasing productivity, etc. Rah, rah, capitalism?

"We had enormous success in growing lower wages before the pandemic struck, so this has taken a very regressive toll on the economy," he argues.

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