For decades, especially since the Regan presidency began in 1980, corporations and the wealthy have been winning their ongoing class war against 99% of Americans. It has become so entrenched and taken for granted by them that any attempt to disrupt it…is ironically and Orwellianally labeled by them, “class warfare”.
That’s right, doing anything to stop their campaign of class warfare they call “class warfare”…and the MSM presents that as a fair criticism.
Imagine if a molester was stopped from molesting and claimed that doing so was molesting him. You get the picture (surrealist as it is).
Many Democratic politicians have fully bought into this doublespeak, they fearfully avoid talking about the ongoing class warfare for fear of being labeled as a perpetrator of it.
And so, the raping and pillaging by the wealthy and corporations of the majority of Americans continues and the cops look the other way.
However, Pres. Obama has repeatedly called for taxing the wealthy. He is now proposing that those earning $1 million or more have their taxes raised. Considering that the wealthy have obscenely increased their earnings and net worth over the past few decades and 99% of Americans have seen their wages stagnate and their net worth decline…it seems not radical but a decent enough first step.
Of course, the puppets of the wealthy, the GOP, howl that such a proposal is…that’s right, you guessed it…class warfare. “Stop interfering with the molester! That makes you a molester!”
This facade has been propped up long enough, the wealthy and corporations (who own the MSM of course) have been getting away with pretending they aren’t at war with the majority of Americans…while assaulting them…for far too long. It is high time that the Democratic Party as a whole steps up and makes a central plank of their 2012 campaign, fighting back against the Class Warfare which the wealthy have been and are engaged in.
There are no facts or figures that refute that the wealthy or winning a class war. There is no morally or ethically justifiable position to take to sustain this. 70% of the public WANT higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations who are indisputably paying the lowest tax rate in recent history and far lower rates than most Americans pay…if, unlike such mega-billion corporations as GE and Exxon, they aren’t even paying taxes but getting subsidies from tax payers instead.
Where is the downside on supporting economic justice and ending the class warfare that’s been ongoing? How many Americans are buying into this BS about all wealthy people and corporations wanting so badly to hire them but they just need more than $2.5 trillion in their pockets and mean ol’ government to quit stopping them from pouring radioactive waste into our drinking water?
And the even more destructive side of allowing the wealthy’s class warfare to continue unabated is that the national deficit will continue to be cut and if the wealthy get to keep avoiding paying their fair share in taxes, 99% of Americans get a huge heaping of social decay on top of their declining wages…if they haven’t already lost their jobs, that is.
Insult to injury…or maybe, plague to injury. Without tax money from the wealthy, on top of everything else, entitlements will be slashed and seniors will pay $6,000 a year more for Medicare, social services will be cut, public workers like firemen, police and teachers will be laid off, spending on infrastructure will be decimated and roads and bridges will keep crumbling, regulation of dangerous corporate behavior will shrink hugely…this is the Republican dream and America’s nightmare.
And while we’re at it, let’s destroy this doublespeak of calling wealthy people “job creators”. Is that really their main focus in life? Do they wake up thinking, “Man, I so want to create jobs today!” or do they wake up saying, “Man, I so want to be wealthier today!”. This propaganda is such garbage and seeing MSM drones using that phrase is outrageous.
The wealthy in America have never been wealthier, have never owned more of the net worth of the nation and we have over 9% unemployment nationally. This “job creator” crap isn’t even factually true at this very moment! They ARE wealthier and there AREN’T more jobs. Two minus two doesn’t equal four.
Enough of the tiptoeing around the criminal activity of the wealthy to rob the majority of their assets. Democrats have worried long enough about being attacked by the wealthy for standing up for the 99% who aren’t. It is not only a winning issue, it is the only democratic position to take.
The wealthy and corporations won’t create more jobs because, as I mentioned in a previous piece (The End of Jobs in America), this is the new normal. You can kill the EPA, gut all financial regulations, lower corporate taxes to zero, give the wealthy everything they could ever want…and it won’t create a single job more than if you hadn’t.
Why? Because corporations used the crash to accelerate their long term strategy which was already in operation well before the crash, to minimize jobs in the US to only those absolutely necessary and build up operations overseas where labor costs, regulations and expenses are far lower.
So, no matter how much you give these greedy SOBs, they can’t hire Americans for $5 a day to work in a factory, why on Earth would they build a factory in the US and pay a worker $100 a day instead of getting 20 workers for the same amount?
The only way to fight back and reverse the economic injustice and assault against 99% of Americans, is to take back some of the unethically acquired wealth from the wealthy, create public sector jobs and pay for the services that benefit all Americans.
Is it wealth redistribution? If one wishes to look that narrowly at it without any context, yes. However, if this is redistribution, so is returning money from a criminal to the people he robbed. Indeed, it does transfer wealth from the robber to the victims but in context, it is merely returning to those who have been robbed, what used to be theirs.
There is no disagreement, even from the wealthy, that they have used their money to elect politicians and get bills passed that transferred wealth from the majority of Americans to them. That is corrupt and criminal in a democracy and they have no moral or principled right to the money that their bribery of public officials has allowed them to siphon off from the majority.
Today, Pres. Obama said that taxing the wealthy…just their fair share!…”Isn’t class warfare, it’s math.”
It is indeed time to do the math. It is indeed time to fight for economic equity. It is indeed time for the Democratic Party to say together that they stand for these things and what benefits the American People.
The Republicans want to call it class warfare? They represent less than 1% of the nation, they want to fight with their troops against ours? Bring it on.
And the newest oxymoron of the 21st Century is: ‘Job Creators.’ This notion of ‘class warfare’ gives weight to my opinion that the GOP should be declared a criminal or terrorist organization that is interested only in the destruction of this country. To combat them we should freeze their assets to pay down the country’s debts and to keep the country solvent and we should shut them out of the federal government altogether since they are plainly interested only in making life as cushy as possible for the super-rich and the mega-corporations. The term ‘values voter’ is taking on a whole other meaning that I believe was intended.
Heh, I’m right with you on that!
The GOP has brought this nation to its knees financially and has threatened to shut down our government and economy if their extortion demands aren’t met. That’s terrorist-type behavior, indeed.
As for the “Job Creator” BS, I prefer to call them “Job Craterers”.
Who are the MSM?
Hey, jj! MSM = Main Stream Media.
Another “face” of class warfare and the R’s depending on the voters to be ignorant!
Bachmann Claims Wall Street Reform Is ‘Killing The Banking Industry’ As Banks Post Record Profits
Huh? Killing the banking industry?
The actual Dodd-Frank bill was a bit unnecessary if the Bush Admin. would have “extorted” rules and regulations in the TARP bill when the banks were on the ropes. I can semi-blame the Dems (they controlled both houses) but the scenario presented to them was of “Pass this now or the economy will collapse, yesterday.
One “excuse” I have heard is it’s killing the smaller banks, possible, but I have two family members in banking, small regional banks and one said he had reached his payroll tax deductions in May. The Cut-off is 106,800 dollars, you do the math. Small banks suffering?
As opposed to HPV shots, anyone who listens to Bachmann probably will suffer from mental retardation.
As the saying goes, you can tell when she’s lying, her lips are moving.
The AP is doing it’s corporate part to promote lies about the real Class Warfare:
The gall and Orwellian nature of this article is nauseating, it actually has the title, “FACT CHECK”!
Using a RW think tank’s BS on what percentage the wealthy pay instead of factual IRS data and calling it a “Fact Check”?
Here are the actual facts:
The AP should change their initials to BS. Best to Keep this article in mind when considering whether the MSM will report facts about the real Class Warfare that’s been going on for decades against the American People. And a good reminder as to which side the MSM supports in this economic battle.
AdLib, The Center for American Progress (cross-posted at ThinkProgress) also called out the AP on the “fact” checking article and came to the same conclusion: BS!
Many Millionaires Do Enjoy Lower Tax Rates
Fact Checking the Fact Checkers at AP
Very cool, Bito! You are a genius at finding articles, don’t know how you do it!
Glad that the word is getting out about the AP’s lies that they self-label “Fact Checks”.
The AP has been up to no good since they were bought out before the 2008 election, I remember a number of propaganda stories run as news from them back then.
They are now no more reliable than Fox News, sad but true.
AdLib, on the news widget the other day their headline was something like “Obama’s plan is based mostly on taxing the rich.” And in the 2’nd paragraph it showed it was a balance between raising the taxes on the “rich” and cuts.
I know headlines are meant to be eye-catchers, but c’mon AP.
From what I saw it’s 2-1 spending cuts to revenue increases so it’s a worse lie.
You are correct Sir!
Excellent article. We should save those bullet points as troll busters.
Like you said this is BS. Since allot of their income is from capital gains their effective tax rate is much lower than the middle class. Hedge fund managers make out the most since their working income is technically all capital gains which is complete BS because they put little capital of their own and make millions off of other people’s capital. So obviously it should be counted as income.
But of course this is another tax Tea Baggers are fighting.
Some 3,000 Millionaires Claim Jobless Benefits, IRS Data Show
Now, speaking of douches, one who is apparently not a complete douche.
~ Mark Cuban
Millionaires claiming UI but opposing UI extensions is just amazing but such greed is unfortunately unsurprising.
As for Cuban, I’ve seen him speak on issues and he does lean conservative on a lot of things but gotta give him props on coming out with this at just the right time.
The majority supports some reversing of the inequity out there, the opponents of economic justice, including the GOP, is going to pay a steep price for attacking the majority to protect this tiny minority.
The momentum sure feels like it’s building now.
UI is not means tested.
Just as SS and medicare are not.
If you legally qualify for UI, you get it.
As for all this 50% pay no income taxes and segueing into unemployment benefits…
I just double-checked our tax returns for 2009 and 2010 when Mr.Justafarmer was on unemployment for the very first time in his life (he’s 55 now).
Guess what, you “R party of NO!”, unemployment benefits are federally (AND state here in Kentucky) TAXABLE!
gawd… I really hate these people…
SS benefits are taxable too if a married couple brings in more than $32,000 in a year.
These greedy bastards attack elderly on SS for not paying taxes on only $16,000 each…just so the wealthy don’t have to pay a fraction more in taxes.
The more they howl “Class Warfare” and in response Dems get the facts get out to the masses, the wealthy may need their private jets to get out of the country fast.
Only 50% of Americans paying Federal taxes is a complete lie. Besides paying unemployment insurance like you say. Working people pay the disproportionately much more in payroll taxes not to even mention state and local taxes. The worse part is if Republicans wanted workers to pay more taxes the conservatives that own business would support paying them more. But the fact is they suppress wages and then complain about the effects of suppressing wages.
Colbert had some good bits on tonight. He compared giving the wealthy tax cuts to pouring more money into a slot machine, hoping it will finally pay off, “Come on, you’ve got us all warmed up, don’t stop putting more money in now, we’re about to pay off in jobs!”
He also put up a graph of the 50% who the Repubs always attack for paying no income tax (though they pay many other taxes including payroll and sales taxes):
Of the total amount of people who pay no federal taxes, here’s the breakdown:
And these Republican creatures want to tax these people so the wealthiest can have more money?
I really think this could be the moment the nation turns on the GOP.
yep, Colbert was great tonight!
Word on The Word!
Colbert’s show doesn’t come on where I live and I usually see the first minute of the show then the inside of my eyelids.
So for some like me:
The Word – Death and Taxes
If Americans don’t find someone to pay the government’s tab soon, Congress may get desperate enough to do the unthinkable.
KT posted a different segment at http://planetpov.com/2011/09/20/the-republican-cure-for-everything-tax-cuts/#comment-151555
Damn greedy dead, elderly and out of work bastards! Trying to dodge taxes and make our Job Creators have to pay more!
If most of them weren’t already dead or close to it, I’d…
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Thanks for this Bito!
I saw this earlier and liked it though I disagree with the over-dramatic conclusion that “They’ve won!”.
This Class War ain’t over, the wealthy have won many battles but they haven’t won the war…and they’re not going to.
If there were any doubts that Mark Penn is a total douche, witness his column today:
He has been trashed for this on MSNBC today but don’t let that stop you.
What a douche! Echoing the corporate, RW talking points? And of course, his view should be taken as being just as accurate as his insistence to Hillary not to give up in the primary because “Obama can never win a general election.”
To summarize (and this is hardly breaking news), Mark Penn once again has proven himself to be a total douche.
Not much to say but echo:
I was going to use him yesterday, but he stunk worse than vinegar. -AB
Actually, I hear douches have filed a defamation of character suit against Penn.
Adlib remember what we said about predictions and predicters? I got a red squiggly line so I will paraphrase, people who predict?
As Bito coined the phrase, these Pudnuts are just that and as insightful as blind lemmings.
Yes he is but the worst part is that these moderate Dems obviously don’t know that 65-80% of Americans support taxing the rich more. So the center is behind this. In fact only the Tea Bagger types and the GOP establishment are against it.
Shame on the MSM.
Great point, KQ. Recent polls show exactly what you point out, a huge majority of Americans support taxing the rich and this “Class Warfare” strategy by the Repubs only seems to be backfiring and rallying more to support it.
Marie Antoinette couldn’t have done better. A tale of two cities indeed and one city may have just overplayed its hand big time.
Pres. Obama hasn’t shared details of what the Millionaire’s tax will be but in 2009 a 5.4% surtax on millionaires was proposed so let’s say that’s the amount of this tax.
Though it could result in $500 billion in revenues, the impact on an actual millionaire would be this:
$1,000,000 x 5.4% = $54,000
$1,000,000 – $54,000 = $946,000
So under this tax, for each $1 million of net income the wealthy receive, they would only get to keep $946,000, poor babies.
That’s class warfare? They still keep in their pocket the equivalent of the annual income of 19 average households for each million they earn…and the wealthy are victims?
Keep trying to pull that one on Americans, Republicans, please!
OMG, what ever will do next year when we have to jet the kids to summer camp? Will we be able to afford it?
Meanwhile, the average household income has fallen 2.9% since 2009 and CEO pay has gone up 23%!
Damn right class warfare and we are losing!
Edit: On not fully fleshing out the details on the “Buffet Tax”, is it putting the onus on the R’s to react when 80% of the populace agree with the Prez?
The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction
A tax in the ballpark of 5% is a drop in the bucket when considering the stat you provided that CEO pay has gone up 23% in two years!
I do think that once a percentage is established, the dollar amount it takes away and leaves to millionaires needs to be stressed. Putting it into those terms, Americans can quickly grasp and support.
Millionaires will be hard pressed to explain why they can’t create jobs with such a small fraction of their millions paid to taxes.
I do have to say that I like the strategy of not coming out with a figure on the tax yet, allowing the Repubs to just rail against the concept first and seemingly shooting themselves in the foot. Then unveil a 5.4% tax and we get to see them shoot themselves in the foot all over again.
And just a few more of “those pesky facts” to add to your post AdLib.
Many Millionaires Do Enjoy Lower Tax Rates
Fact Checking the Fact Checkers at AP
Did the AP hire the Heritage Foundation to do their “fact-checking?
Michael Tomasky obviously agrees with your article AdLib.
The GOP calls it ‘class warfare,’ but the president’s proposal to raise taxes on millionaires is actually a move toward fairness and fiscal sanity, says Michael Tomasky.
Nice for us to be in such company!
Sullivan does not exactly talk about class warfare but he totally understands the need for Obama to pivot on the GOP. In a short piece he chastises Brooks for blaming Obama for the pivot and not the GOP nihilists.
Brooks is incredibly dishonest intellectually for saying Obama took people like me who wanted Obama to govern to bring this country together for saps. Obama tried again and again to compromise with these people and they cannot take yes for an answer. The grand bargain was as good as the GOP was gonna get and like a great deal on a car given to a greedy customer, it should be taken off the table as a penalty for their stubbornness.
Brooks has lost it, he doesn’t even make sense anymore. That’s what blind hatred leads to.
His stock is plummeting and thanks for the article, Sullivan rightly puts in a sell order on Brooks’ relevance.
Again, again, again, the MSM fails! As usual they take these proposals by the President and make it “just politics” without a mention of the policy behind the politics. Not a mention of the economic inequality, it’s just politics, purely a campaign ploy, nothing more.
What a golden moment for them to use this as a “teaching/learning moment” and actually discuss the policy, nope, it’s politics.
What I would give for them to show one of the charts/graphs in the post and discuss that instead of instantly going to “it’s just about Obama’s reelection isn’t it?
“Good Policy makes Good Politics”
I know this is nothing new, just had to rant! 😉
Rant justified brah. When Dems were doing something like passing the ACA bill that was tough politically and good for people they complained about that too.
I’m through with them all even the so called progressive media.
It’s all about conflict and the horse race for news channels, partly because that’s what they think gooses up ratings and partly because they don’t want an informed public that sees the big picture.
They want to keep everyone tunnelvisioned, focused on narrow issues and blind to the big picture of the wealthy and corporations taking over our government and economy.
Again, when you’re becoming wealthier and wealthier because of the way things are, you don’t want the status quo changed, even when your mega-corporation runs a news channel.
WOW! One of your best posts AdLib.
As you said class warfare has been raging for decades and working people have been the big losers.
The problem really is too many people live in the delusion that they will be millionaires some day. A recent survey showed 2 in 10 Americans think they will be millionaires within 10 years. I even thought I would at least be in that position when I retired with my 401K until I lost my class warfare battle with the healthcare industrial complex.
Obama focusing on taxing the true wealthy, those making over $1,000,000 is the best political and practical move he’s made so far. All Dems need to have his back on this bold move because like you implied this is one of the crazy third rails in modern American politics.
Even the most cynical progressives need to get board on Obama’s budget plan because it does not raise the Medicare age or touch SS. No more fecking excuses!
Fired up and ready to go!
There was a poll of high school seniors several years back that asked them if they thought they would be a millionaire. Over 70% said yes.
The stats though are that only 1/10th of 1% of Americans are millionaires (99.90% of Americans are not).
This is a mass delusion which benefits that .10% of the population. People need to get real and accept that the median household income in the US (adding together the income of everyone in the household)is only $45,000 (averaging around $27,000 per person).
No one becomes a millionaire working for $27,000 a year…if they can even keep that job. For that matter, working in a big city, making a gross household income of $100,000 will never make you a millionaire…and that’s being close to the top 10% of income earners in the US.
I wonder if the Repub “Class Warfare!” response to Obama’s millionaire tax might not be the “Let them eat cake” moment we’ve been needing. The more Obama pushes and they parrot that line, it is possible that more and more people will get angry and push back.
It can’t hurt!