Throughout the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s the working class was united across the political spectrum.
The working class, angered by the income inequality, greed, and corruption of capitalists, formed a coalition so powerful that together, we achieved the very things that strengthened and expanded the middle class – things like social security, a minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and other programs that benefited us, the majority.
How did we achieve those things? We made the capitalists, the corporations, and the 1% pay their fair share. From the 1930s through the early 1980s, the wealthy paid taxes between 70 and 94%. Corporations still prospered, the rich still got richer, and the working/middle class thrived.
We must address the income inequality that has hobbled middle-class growth and stolen the American dream from so many. Income inequality and a middle-class disintegration that is directly parallel to massive tax cuts for the rich. We must undo the last 50 years of income redistribution the same way they undid the redistribution we obtained with the new deal under FDR.