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Archive for "Sep 21 2011"

Class Warfare Has Become Declasse, Won’t Save His Ass

Huey P. Long

You're no Kingfish, Champ

With the Unicorn King’s poll numbers dropping precipitously, they had to do something, so they decided, in the hope of riling up their left wing base, to try igniting some good ol’ fashioned class warfare, by “asking” millionaires and billionaires to “pay their fair share.”

Of course, they knew they’d get called on it, so the TOTUS was prepared to attempt to discredit the charge before it gained any legs:

It comes down to this:  We have to prioritize.  Both parties agree that we need to reduce the deficit by the same amount — by $4 trillion.  So what choices are we going to make to reach that goal?  Either we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share in taxes, or we’re going to have to ask seniors to pay more for Medicare.  We can’t afford to do both. Either we gut education and medical research, or we’ve got to reform the tax code so that the most profitable corporations have to give up tax loopholes that other companies don’t get. We can’t afford to do both.

This is not class warfare.  It’s math.  (Laughter.)  The money is going to have to come from someplace. And if we’re not willing to ask those who’ve done extraordinarily well to help America close the deficit and we are trying to reach that same target of $4 trillion, then the logic, the math says everybody else has to do a whole lot more:  We’ve got to put the entire burden on the middle class and the poor.  We’ve got to scale back on the investments that have always helped our economy grow.  We’ve got to settle for second-rate roads and second-rate bridges and second-rate airports, and schools that are crumbling.

That’s unacceptable to me.  That’s unacceptable to the American people.  And it will not happen on my watch.

The duplicitous mendacity is breath-taking; the sheer chutzpah Obama displayed in this speech is truly astounding. “Either we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share in taxes, or we’re going to have to ask seniors to pay more for Medicare” is nonsensical bullshit, and teh Messiah knows it, but he figures us rubes won’t recognize it.

Populace rhetoric has a storied American history, and O’Bammy figures he can work it, a la Huey Long. He’s banking on it to propel him to a second term.

He could not be more hopelessly wrong.

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