Trump’s speech to truck drivers proves the GOP’s economic policy is stuck in the past – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

It was a smart idea for President Trump to give an “economic revival” speech containing an opening shout-out to the U.S. trucking industry, as he did Wednesday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After all, long-haul driving, in particular, used to be a pretty good blue-collar job, a ticket to a solid middle-class lifestyle. Back in the 1970s, there was even a network television drama, Movin’ On, that chronicled the rollicking roadway adventures of the men piloting the big rigs.
But an updated version of Movin’ On would make for a grim and gritty reality show. Industry deregulation and the decline of union power has been good news for consumers, but not for truck drivers as wage earners. Compensation is half of what it once was and turnover is high in what was always a tough, unhealthy job. As such, the truck driving life makes for a decent short-hand illustration of what’s gone wrong with working-class America,

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