It seems that Our Trophy President is making a big push for job creation, and is using tough language to get it through congress. He's even used the v-word (gasp!), which he hasn't used in the three and a half years we've been watching him. He says he'll veto any bill which balances the budgets solely on the backs of ordinary people, without ending the loopholes which allow the rich to be taxed at a much lower rate.
Bully for you, Barry. We knew you had a bit of fighter in you there, somewhere.
John Boehner, in response, said that he didn't feel "class warfare" was showing good leadership.
And with that "class warfare" comment, both Fox News and MSNBC have proceeded to fall all over each other in a comical effort to see who can miss the point the most. This is hardly unusual - we've come to expect this kind of partisan myopia from these sound-byte generators. And seemingly as always, I appear to be the only one in the Dairy State cursed with realizing what's going on.
The heads on the Right are insisting it's class warfare, while those on the Left are assuring us that it's not class warfare at all. Naturally, this is all an irrelevant tangent that both sides have gone off on. Even if it is somehow "class warfare," it does not follow that it would automatically be bad legislation as a result. Class warfare has often produced good legislation, such as the liberation of slaves, or the sufferage of women. So class warfare, if it is such, is entirely moot. The question we should be asking is whether or not it is fair legislation to ensure Warren Buffet's secretary gets taxed at the same percentage rate he does. So far, the public agrees that when Buffet highlights the discrepancy in taxation rates between low income and high income people, he's got a valid point.
That having been said, I wish to do something very rare. For once, I'm going to agree with John Boehner! That's right, I agree with him! This IS class warfare. And the Left is absolutely wrong in denying that. But it's not class warfare of the poor against the rich.
No, it's class warfare of the rich against the poor!
And those waging the war are the ones bent on denying anything remotely close to fair opportunity to the masses, and keeping the playing field as tilted as possible in favor of the super-rich at all costs. (Three guesses who.) In other words, it's not the poor waging class warfare against the rich, but rather it's the poor trying to get the rich to stop waging class warfare upon them!
And to those who insist "government spending has not created one job," I assign this homework assignment: Walk up to any police officer, fireman, teacher, highway-construction laborer or groundskeeper, and ask him/her if more government money has helped create his/her job. Yes, private industry creates most jobs, but some jobs are, in fact, government-paid, and we'd be very foolish to deny that.
It seems Our Trophy President's opponents are bent on a two-part plan: First, to keep Obama from being effective, and second, to then attack him for his ineffectiveness. (Brilliant, that!) Oh, and hope that no one fingers them as the cause of the ineptitude!
Here's a thought: How about for once, instead of making everybody suffer just to deny Obama one little victory, we let the President win one, and put people to work for once? We need jobs now! Not after 2012! I don't know about you, but I'm sick and damned tired of the scorched-earth mentality which is willing to sacrifice us all to the false idol of talk radio. Someone needs to come down from the mountain and put that particular golden calf out of its misery.
Come to think of it, I wonder if maybe the golden calf of the Biblical book of Exodus was not a cow's calf, but rather an elephant's calf?