Class War Is Bipartisan
Class warfare seems to be popping up everywhere these days. It must be campaign season.
Check out this sound bite: "I'm not for tax cuts for the rich. The rich can take care of themselves. I want to get America working again. And so I want to make sure that whatever we do in the tax code, we're not giving a windfall to the very wealthy."
No, that was not President
A day earlier, Romney's fellow Republican presidential candidate frontrunner,
"Fair share?" Whenever Democrats, speak of "fair share," conservatives reflexively hear "class warfare." Such was the Republican response to the
Yet conservatives have long understood a populist reality that Obama has been reluctant to face: Class warfare works, but call it something else -- like fairness.
Voters have a keen sense of fairness, especially when they detect somebody is being unfair to them. "The rich get the gold mine and the middle class gets the shaft," said candidate
He was picking up on a fairness theme that began to turn the nation's political tide a year earlier. After a decade of
That's fair. A simple straightforward appeal like that might have saved Obama a lot of headaches in his own health care push. And a continued sell job by the president on behalf of the nation's uninsured and under-insured might have reassured the public against the relentless drumbeat of the anti-"obamacare" crowd.
Until now, fighting for his ideas and promoting his presidential achievements have not been high on Obama's agenda, much to the consternation of his supporters. But with employment, public morale and his approval ratings hitting new lows, No-Drama Obama is starting to talk tough, pushing with new vigor his "balanced approach" that includes ending the Bush-era tax cuts for "millionaires and billionaires."
In response comes the charge of "class warfare," as if the fairness of our nation's progressive tax system -a central element of the Democratic agenda--were some sort of a Marxist clash of the classes against one another.
Yet, neither party lacks class cards or shyness about playing them. Ask Perry, a master of the poverty-snob card in his battle against "elites," including some of his fellow Republicans.
"As a son of tenant farmers, I can tell you: I wasn't born with four aces in my hand," he told
Perry raised the umbrage and resentment cards. "There's some folks back in
And as Republicans charge Obama's "fair share" plan with class warfare, they might take note of this Perry appeal for a new business tax in 2005, quoted in the
That's right. "Tax fairness" isn't just for Democrats.
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