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Should the American working class vote for Trump or Biden? Show more Show less
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30-50% of American adults would describe themselves as working class. A large part of the population, yet one which doesn’t feel heard. Both Trump and Biden have appealed to them by making themselves seem more relatable and trustworthy. If elected, how will they support this alienated demographic?

The American working class should vote for Biden Show more Show less

Over the course of his candidacy, Biden has been working on building support among working class voters. If elected to office, he plans to implement policies to increase housing affordability, improve the Affordable Care Act and tax high income households and corporations to provide better living conditions for everyday Americans.
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Biden is proposing tax cuts and benefits for low income households

Biden will invest in poorer communities across the country. His plans include increasing spending to provide more affordable housing, helping to bridge the racial wealth gap and implementing a child tax benefit to support low income families.
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Context

When we think of the term working class, what do we picture? To many, it evokes the picture of a white man working in the manufacturing sector. Yet this stereotype is misleading. Ethnic minorities and women make up a large proportion of working class people and most are employed in sectors other than manufacturing. As such, to represent their interests, the candidates need to identify all their concerns, not merely focus on one segment of the demographic.

The Argument

Biden, if elected, is vowing to invest $640 billion over the next 10 years to ensure more Americans have affordable and safe housing. These funds will go towards investigating and ending discriminatory practices in the housing market, providing financial assistance to those looking to rent or buy, and increasing the supply of affordable housing. Estimates suggest that only around one in five households who meet the eligibility criteria receives the funding they need. The waiting lists to receive this aid are also long, reaching up to two years waiting period. Biden wants to ensure that all households have a safe and affordable option for housing and is expanding funding and eligibility accordingly. Biden has also pledged to reinstate the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule originally implemented by Obama. This rule requires communities to identify discriminatory or unfair practices and search for ways to end them[1]. Trump’s administration recently terminated the AFFH on the grounds that it imposed needless regulation on communities[2]. All these measures demonstrate that Biden is looking out for working class families. They are designed to improve the standard of living of low income households, end discrimination and promote fair housing policies.

Counter arguments

Biden’s proposals are notably lacking in concrete policy proposals to permanently improve living standards for low income households. Many of his suggestions offer tax breaks or funding, but will not solve the long term effects of lacking affordable housing. Furthermore, many of the policies Biden plans to expand on are inefficient. As such, through bureaucracy and technicalities, a lot of funds may not reach the very people they are designed to help[3].

Premises

[P1] Biden plans to expand housing benefits and work to eliminate discrimination. [P2] These measures will benefit many American working class households. [P3] The American working class should vote for Biden.

Rejecting the premises

References

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/08/25/how-would-a-biden-presidency-impact-housing-policy/#572e79f38989
  2. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-protecting-suburbs-preserving-american-dream-americans/
  3. https://www.peoplespolicyproject.org/2020/08/25/the-good-and-bad-of-joe-bidens-housing-plan/
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