A few related points about current events
1. “By a margin of 52% to 27%, the public says Democrats are more willing than Republicans to work with political leaders from the other party. A 54% majority also says the Republican Party is more extreme in its positions, compared with 35% of Democrats.
By a 20-point margin, the public sees Democrats (52%) as being more concerned than Republicans (32%) with the needs of people like themselves, while a plurality says Republicans are more influenced by lobbyists and special interests (47% vs. 30% saying Democrats).”
2. Paul Krugman today highlighted the fact that more Americans are identifying as lower class these days.
So people are finally acknowledging they’re not “temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” They’re pissed off at our political elites, but especially congressional Republicans and the Tea Party in general. And they aren’t fooled by our corporate media’s constant attempts to portray both sides as equally awful.
And yet we have Obama signalling he’s backing away from fiery populist talk about inequality because that would be “divisive”.
Rich assholes like Tom Perkins are comparing criticism of the plutocrats with Kristallnacht. And rich assholes at Davos are pretending to be refugees and complaining that their taxes are too high. And idiot conservatives are talking about how marriage will help lift people out of poverty because their ideology is a vast, sucking black hole.
And talking about inequality is divisive?
When rich people wage class warfare, it’s called things like “austerity” and “balancing the budget” and “welfare reform” and “right to work” and “deregulation”. These ideas are treated as serious policy proposals rather than thinly veiled opportunities for rich people to further entrench their economic and political power. But pointing that out is “divisive.”
Obama is a second term president. The country is clearly fed up with the 1% and conservative ideology. The only way for him and Democrats to lose when it comes to the issue of inequality is to not even try.