“Environmental regulations have benefitted the rich donors and the likes of Al Gore, but the poor and middle class are being crushed…”
…the Modern Left has abandoned Classic Liberalism and become the Rich People’s Left. (RPL) The trillions of dollars spent on ‘The War on Poverty’ has enriched someone, but certainly not the poor. The status of minorities has not improved. Massive education spending sees a decline in quality. American students are poorly educated while the unions have been enriched in power and wealth. Environmental regulations have benefitted the rich donors and the likes of Al Gore, but the poor and middle class are being crushed by the costs; from gasoline to heating fuel. Cars are expensive and costly to maintain, hurting the poor and enriching big union bosses. Food prices continue to rise. RPL policies are instrumental in rising unemployment.
Indeed, one of the side effects of liberal policy is to make life more expensive, through “skyrocketing” fuel costs, ever-growing educational costs, tax increases, and the resulting inflation. These kinds of costs hit the lower economic classes harder than the upper ones, and create higher barriers to crossing over from one economic level to another.
Which only makes sense, right? Because you don’t want those people moving into your trendy neighborhood.
And oh, by the way: these “unintended” consequences also increase demand for bigger government and for more and bigger “compassionate, helpful” government programs.