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Obama the faux class warrior
Apparently, when in trouble politically, the “go to” issue for Democrats is class warfare. It is time to demonize and divide instead of being statesmen and providing positive solutions, because positive solutions and bipartisan politics is hard, right?
That’s precisely the road President Obama has chosen to take. It was either that or run on his abysmal record during his term in office. So, instead he’s decided to go the old route of many on the left when it is necessary to distract from their record – class warfare. Pit Americans against Americans. Play the egalitarian card and claim that those who’ve done better than others are the problem.
In a speech yesterday of about 30 minutes, he expounded on this theme:
But this isn’t just another political debate. This is the defining issue of our time. This is a make or break moment for the middle class, and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, and secure their retirement.
Now, in the midst of this debate, there are some who seem to be suffering from a kind of collective amnesia. After all that’s happened, after the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, they want to return to the same practices that got us into this mess. In fact, they want to go back to the same policies that have stacked the deck against middle-class Americans for too many years. Their philosophy is simple: we are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules.
Lets talk about policies and jobs, shall we?
If anyone is suffering from amnesia the man on the podium is. It is his administration which as made concerted war on the job creators while trying to create a atmosphere that would shame them and turn other Americans against them. The perfect example of this is to be found in the energy sector where Obama administration policies have blocked oil and gas exploration and production at every turn, killed jobs and prevented those who want to from earning “enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, and secure their retirement.” Just ask workers along the Gulf Coast. But he will push the extension of unemployment benefits.
Their policies have also picked winners and losers – such as Solyndra – and, unsurprisingly, their winners have been losers.
This is a president who did nothing for the “middle class” for the two years he had a majority Democratic Congress except work on a horrendous health care bill which, if fully implemented, will be the ruin of the country. His legacy was more important than the middle class.
Now he’s their champion, falsely accusing those who pay the majority of the income taxes in this country of being the problem.
Anyone with an ounce of sense and even a passing understanding of economics understands that income isn’t a zero sum game and regardless of how much someone else earns or what the income gap is between top and bottom earners in this society, there is nothing standing in the way of an aggressive, well prepared and hard working person moving from one group to the other.
But the crux of the Obama argument is that the high income earners are the problem and that it is government’s job to punish them (via punitive taxation) for daring to do as well as they have. It is his contention that their success has come at the expense of the middle class. It is also an implied panacea for all our ills. Hit them with prohibitive taxes and everything will be wonderful, the moon ponies will again fly, unicorns will graze in your backyard and all the ills of the middle class will be gone forever.
This is a calculated campaign designed to appeal to the emotions and to distract from the real issue – the abject failure of this man to lead and to be a statesman and the total failure of the policies he’s pushed to make any discernable difference. It is his own record he’s running from and it is the oldest political trick in the world to which he turns to do that.
This upcoming election isn’t about income gaps, the 1% and the middle class. It is about a failed president and his abysmal record. It is about the fact that he has accomplished little of worth and is a divisive president. Instead of being the uniter he promised to be, he’s been a divider from day one.
The defining issue of our time isn’t the middle class. In fact, if government would simply get out of the way in most cases, the middle class would find its advancement eased considerably.
The defining issue of our time is the role of government and whether or not we’re willing to let it continue its expanding intrusion and kill our country. That’s what he’d prefer not be discussed. Because if it is, he loses.
So let’s change the subject to that which is appropriate – what he has done in the past 3 years to positively advance the cause of America.
I think you’ll find the answer to that to be pretty much nothing.