The Reich-Wing corporate media protection racket is outraged, I tell you, outraged that President Obama challenged Congress to eliminate tax breaks on corporate jets in order to help stave off a default crisis – accusing Obama of waging “class warfare.”
Any half-awake person with a brain knows that Republicans always accuse the other side of engaging in the very dirty tricks that they, themselves, have honed to an art. Their tactic of projection and deflection goes like this – reproach the other side for doing what you are flagrantly guilty of before the other side can accuse you of it. The preemptive accusation disarms the opposition, leaving them looking petty, unoriginal and unable to bring it up in their own defense.
Despite the fact that progressive taxation is essential to maintaining a free society, the accusation of “class warfare” is an old standby that Republicans charge whenever anyone dare suggest that the rich should actually pay their fair share to maintain the civilization that has benefited and profited them.
Tax The Rich – For The Sake of a Free Society
Class Warfare is as old as recorded history. Our Founding Fathers – students of the Liberal Age of Enlightenment – were aware of the corrosive influence of money in government.
Thomas Jefferson said, “another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometric progression as they rise.”
Teddy Roosevelt observed that American democracy could easily be destroyed by the rich through subversion of our political institutions from within. After the bank panic of 1907, he said the “malefactors of great wealth” were “responsible for something of the trouble; at least to the extent of having caused these men to combine to bring about as much financial stress as possible, in order to discredit the policy of the government and thereby secure a reversal of that policy, so that they may enjoy the fruits of their own evil-doing. . . . I regard this contest as one to determine who shall rule this free country—the people through their governmental agents, or a few ruthless and domineering men whose wealth makes them peculiarly formidable because they hide behind the breastworks of corporate organization.”
President Dwight Eisenhower cautioned Americans about the great dangers of “the military-industrial complex.”
Franklin Roosevelt warned, “the liberty of democracy is not safe if people tolerate growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger that their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism” and Abraham Lincoln warned, “I have the Confederacy in front of me, I have the bankers behind me, and for my country I fear the bankers more.”
Still, Republicans champion policies that serve to destroy the economic security of the working class.
“Republicans, who have always hated democracy, wanted to create the caste system that exists in the most wretched Third World nations — a system in which a tiny minority of wealthy individuals live off the labor of the deeply impoverished 98%, and maintain their stranglehold through a corrupt military dictatorship. This pattern, which prevailed in most of Latin America throughout the 20th Century, with strong support from corporate America, is one for which Republicans have always secretly yearned. Hence Republican policies have consistently pushed us toward it — bolstering the military, concentrating wealth into fewer and fewer hands, shifting taxes from the rich onto the poor, and seeking, with considerable success, to make education a privilege of the wealthy rather than a right for all Americans.”
Despite the fact that Republican policies turned the surplus they were handed into a deficit, the US into the LEAST upwardly mobile with the widest income disparity of all industrialized nations, and crashed the economy 2x in a century, they are promising MORE OF THE SAME. While working people suffer, the RICH have never had it so good. Why promote these policies? Because a desperate workforce is an obedient workforce – and the Republican ideology can be broken down to 2 words – CHEAP LABOR.
Lately, Republicans have their class war cards plainly on the table. Republicans blatantly promise to end every policy that made the American middle class possible in the first place. This means they promise to end the minimum wage, end child labor laws, destroy unions, end Medicare, turn Social Security over to their Wall Street benefactors AND permanently slash taxes for the wealthy while upping them for the rest of us.
All the while, their transnational corporate media protection rackets blare on about the poor, put upon, rich… and the selfish working people who dare attempt to retire in dignity after a lifetime of work.
As Media Matters reported:
“Class Warfare”: Right-Wing Media Figures Object To Rolling Back Tax Breaks For Corporate Jets
Fox’s Bolling: Focusing On Corporate Tax Breaks Was “Not Fair” And “Was A Class Warfare.” Commenting on Obama’s press conference, Fox Business host Eric Bolling said that Obama “talked yesterday about corporate jets, hedge fund managers, oil companies, saying if they’re not willing to give up their corporate jets than poor community college kids weren’t going to be able to go to school, and God forbid we don’t have a National Weather Service. That’s not fair.” Bolling further said, “It was a class warfare he set up, and it was completely off base. If we really just bring some entitlement spending in line and you can fix it.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 6/30/11]
Dobbs: Obama’s Speech Was “Straightforward Class Warfare.” On his Fox Business show, Lou Dobbs said, “Did you hear the president today talking about millionaires, billionaires, and corporate jets? I mean, that’s straightforward class warfare.” [Fox Business, Lou Dobbs Tonight, 6/29/11]
Limbaugh: “Obama Once Again Cranking Up The Class Warfare.” Playing a clip of President Obama’s press conference, Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show:
LIMBAUGH: Here is Obama with corporate jet owners in the crosshairs again — and remember, now, it was just last week, the USA Today ran a story about how the corporate jets were starting to fly again, corporate jet owners were utilizing the aircraft. It was a sign! USA Today so happy! It was a sign of economic recovery. Today in his press conference, Obama once again cranking up the class warfare.[…]
RUSH: This is just — dangerous is what this is. This is full-fledged demagoguery, and we’re listening to this from the chief architect of the destruction of this economy. And once again, pitting groups of Americans against each other. One group — his aim is for one group of Americans to hate and despise another group. What? What are you – well, that’s what he’s banking on: he’s banking on that most Americans will agree with him because this is fair, and to a certain extent there’s some Americans who will agree with it. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 6/29/11]
Beck: Obama “Launched An Unprecedented Class Warfare” On The “Private Jet Class.” On his radio program, Glenn Beck accused Obama of singling out “the private jet class.” Beck said:
Once again, yesterday, Barack Obama showed his sheer, unadulterated disgust for the wealthy, the successful, and anyone who’s ever tried to do anything with their life here in America. He disparages them. Big business he disparages, of all kinds, every chance he gets. He has launched an unprecedented class warfare in this country, and the media remains silent. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 6/30/11]
Drudge: “Obama Launches Class Warfare.” The Drudge Report displayed the following headline in a link to a National Journal story about Obama’s press conference:
[Drudge Report, 6/30/11, cached version]
RedState: Obama Went “Straight For The Class Warfare Jugular.” From a post to the conservative blog RedState:
Barack Obama has once more taken a major crisis and turned into a campaign prop. The entire debate on the debt ceiling is one big false choice now. We can have a $25Tr national debt in 10 years and feed the children, or all we really care about is rich people with private jets. And let me be clear, we’re talking rich, corporate people with private jets. Like Al Gore for example.
Let’s get this clear, though. What the Republicans are up in arms about is a proposal to allow corporate jets to depreciate over seven years, rather than five.
“My God, what monsters have we become? It’s all right to nix new school lunch standards because feeding kids healthier food would cost more. It’s all right to break labor agreements. Heaven knows it’s all right to cut food stamp assistance or unemployment insurance, or tell seniors that Medicare is going away and good luck finding private insurance, pals. Austerity is the buzzword of the day—but tax depreciation over SEVEN years instead of FIVE? To the battlements! The comfortable, leather-appointed battlements!
As one of the richest Americans, Warren Buffett, famously said, “There’s class warfare, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
The fact is that 30 years of Reaganomics have made America the LEAST upwardly mobile of all the industrialized nations, given us the widest gap between rich and poor since the first Republican Great Depression and turned the middle class into overworked, underpaid, compliant Serfs who have to work 3 “uniquely American” jobs to not even come close to the same standard of living of the “Greatest Generation.”
To mask this, the millionaire mouthpieces in the corporate media protection racket blast us from sea to shining sea with pro-corporate, anti-worker propaganda aimed at convincing the very people they are turning into Serfs to cheer for their own demise. We’re in a truly precarious moment. Aided by corporate sell-out operatives on the Supreme Court, people such as the Koch Brothers – who haven’t worked a day in their lives – are not satisfied with the trust fund their daddy left them, but are pouring millions into propaganda campaigns to, once and for all, take the small slice of American Dream that working people have toiled, sweated and bled to obtain.
The working class is under a full-frontal assault by a REPUBLICAN Class War – and Republicans are outraged that working people finally caught on.
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