By Jack Jodell, Sept. 20, 2011
President Obama FINALLY dug in his heels in his latest speech and declared he would sanction no more cuts in federal programs without a corresponding increase in taxes for the very wealthy. I, and a huge majority of the country, applaud him for this committment to FAIRNESS and COMMON SENSE. We all wonder what took him so long, and wish that he had shown such strong resolve many months ago.
Immediately following his speech, all the usual far-right, well out of the mainstream conservative Republicans began screaming “class warfare” almost in unison. We heard the phrase ridiculously uttered from that sour, stuffy, despicable, brain-constipated Republican Senate Republican Minority Leader and millionaire Mitch McConnell (who should really ingest a CASE of Ex-Lax before he next opens his mouth). We also heard it uttered by millionaire Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), who campaigned last November on how Republicans would create jobs, and has yet to offer up a SINGLE jobs program bill from his lame, totally partisan, so-called “pro-growth” caucus. We heard it from millionaire House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), the biggest parrot to ever receive a federal paycheck, and one devoid of any original thought. We heard it from millionaire Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who said the jobs plan with its proposed tax hikes would “punish jobs creators.” Oh, REALLY now, Ryan! What about all these nice “jobs creators” who took Bush’s ridiculous tax cuts for the wealthy and then promptly moved their plants out of the country and created new jobs not here, but in China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Phillipines, and Mexico instead? What type of nonsense are you talking, and why are you defending these greedy, self-centered people so vigorously? Are you a blind idiot, or are you actually on their payroll to say such insane and misleading things? We also heard “class warfare” springing from the lips of media figures like Fox ” News” commentator Bill O’Reilly, who said that tax hikes could cause him, who makes $10 MILLION per year, to leave his TV show altogether, which would then cost all his lower-paid staff their jobs and cause them great difficulty. AS IF YOU CARED ONE LITTLE BIT ABOUT THEIR STRUGGLES, YOU LYING PHONY! Not to be outdone, radio pundit Rush Limbaugh, unquestionably the most self-absorbed and biggest liar to ever hit talk radio, had to offer his worthless two cents’ worth as well, saying that Obama’s action was indeed “pure class warfare” and that it represents “the destruction of the engine that has defined and made this a great country.” Oh yeah, you fat drug addict? What about the TRUE engines of this economy, the AMERICAN WORK FORCE, who have repeatedly been hit with the hidden CORPORATE tax of stagnant or lowered wages over the past 30 years, while corporate CEOs have VASTLY increased THEIR income and benefits packages at the very same time? I would say THEIR actions have been far more destructive to the economy than any tax hike would be! Limbaugh, isn’t it funny how a 91% MARGINAL TAX RATE WAS A-OK AND THE COUNTRY PROSPERED NICELY WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP IN THE 1950s AND EARLY 1060s, BUT A MERE RESTORATION TO A MUCH LOWER 39.6% IS SOMEHOW EVIL AND JOB-DESTROYING NOW? What kind of nonsense is THAT?
As the President so accurately put it, “It’s not class warfare. It’s math…if we’re not willing to ask those who have done extraordinarily well to help America close the deficit, the math says everybody else has to do a whole lot more.” He also stated that “George Washington grappled with the problem [of taxes]. He said, ‘towards the payment of debts, there must be revenue, and to have revenue, there must be taxes. And no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant.’”
Take THAT, Tea Party extremists and conservative Republicans! Straight from the Father of our Country himself!
The truth of the vmatter is that the REAL wagers of “class warfare” have NOT been the advocates of increased taxes on the wealthy, but instead THE WEALTHY AND THEIR CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN SHILLS THEMSELVES! For the benefit of any moron who still believes otherwise, I present the following primer on what actually constitutes “class warfare”:
1). The attempt to destroy labor unions and the collective bargaining process, which has been in effect since 1935. This has been a prime undertaking by corporate America and certain wealthy individuals like the notorious Koch brothers for far too long now, and has resulted in a steady decline in unionn membership.
2). The outsourcing of American factories and manufacturing jobs, which has greatly accelerated in recent years. This has effectively led to American workers having to compete against slave labor in foreign countries for wages. This, too, has been a course deliberately set upon by huge corporations and the wealthy.
3). The huge increase in special interest lobbying, funded exclusively by wealthy individuals and foundations, huge corporations, as well as special interest groups like the Chamber of Commerce and ALEC, which have effectively gamed the electoral system by bribing legislators and actually writing legislation for them to submit and vote into law, much of which is anti-consumer and anti-labor in essence.
4). The deliberate weakening of federal trade regulations through the efforts of corporate lobbyists which were designed long ago to guarantee fair and equal access for all to the marketplace.
5). The steady and sneaky shift in the income tax burden away from corporations and the wealthy onto the poor and middle class. This has been occuring for the past 4 decades, and has made our tax system far more regressive and far less progressive than it had been.
6). The development of sham, illegal and wholly unethical overseas tax shelters for the wealthy to hold onto profits and deprive the government of much-needed revenue. The result has been a serious decaying of the entire national infrastructure.
7). The ongoing attempt by the wealthy to privatize or even do away with much-needed government safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
8). The attempt by the wealthy to inhibit the right of consumers and innocent people to protect themselves from corporate overreach or outright aggression by limiting their right to sue these business interests, lumping this effort under the broad banner of “tort reform.”
As Warren Buffett, he himself an incredibly wealthy man, has stated, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
Republicans, people who protest the abovementioned, blatantly one-sided actions undertaken over the past few decades by the wealthy are NOT engaging in “class warfare.” Nor will a tax increase of ONLY 4.6% on the very wealthiest Americans destroy job growth, nor does it represent punishing them in any way! I would advise YOU to stop protecting these greedy people who are themselves destroying the economy! The American voter is NOT buying your lies and foolish arguments one bit!