Over the weekend I heard that President Obama would reveal his plan to reduce long-term deficits. It includes a repeal of the Bush era tax breaks for folks making over $250,000 per year…and it also includes some tax-based changes to increase the likelihood that the rich will pay the same percent in taxes as the masses.
Twas telling that a gang of conservative minions is already out there fussing about Class War.
The Obama administration is spinning against that label hard…
…but, after a year spent watching conservatives and their tea adoring allies attack the elements of society that serve the rest of us in order to protect the overflowing pocketbooks of the few, I welcome a discussion of Class War.
Wealthy folks have used their considerable influence within government to manipulate tax code in their favor for decades.
We the people have been told all manner of bullshit lies about how that get-out-of-paying-your-fair-share manipulation is good for us, as if we’re serfs and the wealthy are old school nobility that exist to save us from own ignorant selves.
I’m old enough to remember trickle down economics in practice…and how that anemic trickle never seemed to make it down to the majority.
So yes...what the heck...let’s talk about Class War.
Let’s talk about using the weapons of government to attack organized labor.
Let’s talk about holding our economy hostage through Debt Ceiling political theater so that effective social programs get slashed while the wealthy feast.
Let’s talk about taking a hostile posture toward Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security…all programs that benefit the majority of Americans…because working to preserve these programs would require actually sharing sacrifice rather than just talking about sharing sacrifice.
Let’s talk about the percent of tax most Americans pay as compared to the percent of tax all the folks who live in [insert wealthy gated-for-fear-of-the-unwashed-masses suburb near you here] pay.
Pause…sip more coffee…continue.
President Obama’s proposal isn’t the launch of a new Class War.
We the people have been fighting this war since this nation was founded and citizen rights were determined by land ownership, gender, and race.
Millions of Americans are unemployed and a huge percent of Americans are under-employed.
14.5% of American households are food insecure.
Over 16% of children in America are living in poverty.
I could go on and on.
The minions’ response?
Brutal budget cuts, bizarre reckless proposed revisions to Social Security and Medicare…and, wait for it...calls for a balanced budget amendment that would mandate brutal budget cuts and bizarre reckless proposed revisions to Social Security and Medicare until those programs are programs in name only.
The Lindsey Grahams and Paul Ryans and Mitch McConnells of the world aren’t raising their voices in protest over the administration launching a Class War.
They are on their feet, fists clenched, in response to TALK of ending a SMIDGE of the multitude of appeasement government has been laying at their feet.
We keep giving them inches…
…they keep taking miles, building trenches, and erecting policy-based mine fields.