Oh, how the super-rich hate the sound of "class struggle." Dare to utter the words and they'll reach for their red-baiting paint guns and spray you silly with invective. It's un-American. It's socialistic. It's an insult to democracy.
After two years of governing a country locked in economic misery, you'd hope that Obama and his economic team would've learned that what matters isn't the economic team's resume or what "signals are sent" to Wall Street.
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Here's the bottom line: the GOP "Pledge for America" will raid your money to make their rich patrons even richer. The middle class will continue to wither away, and those who manage to hold on will be worse off than ever.
We Americans are less wealthy. But for the foreseeable future we are going to spend more in the reasonable hope that in the more distant future we will be spending less while having more. This is the new American Dream.
Right now, in this economy, we can't afford to put politics before facts. And the facts are clear: middle-class tax cuts will help our economy -- and strengthening our economy will pay off for everyone in the long run.
The United States virtually invented the modern middle class. Today, our exporters must reach out to the global middle class, and our government must assure that foreign trade barriers don't stand in the way.
Forget the keeping up with the Jones mentality that this country has instilled into our psyche for decades. With rampant unemployment and plunging real estate values, the Jones are running out of money.
Since people equate all public workers with the evils of big government, they feel justified in calling for elimination of public employees, but what society would we have without these essential workers?
Why don't we learn from OPEC's success? We have a commodity easily as critical to the world's economy as oil. We have corn, we have wheat, we have soybeans -- all grain crops critical to the world's food supply.
Will our children own their own homes? Will they find jobs, and keep them? Will they be able to give their children the advantages they, themselves, enjoyed? Will they figure it out? Will they find a chair when the music stops?