Obama waging “class warfare”? If only…

Our good friends at Think Progress are annoyed that NBC and the GOP are accusing President Obama of making a “class warfare” argument.

Here’s another take on the matter: If only that were true!

In truth, President Obama has been a model of middle-of-the-road civility, repeatedly bending over backwards to try and negotiate deals with right-wing ideologues who have zero interest in masking their commitment to class warfare (i.e. the kind that occurs when the wealthy attack and marginalize the middle class and the poor).

As many progressives have noted in recent years, one of the highpoints of Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency occurred when he delivered his famous retort to the nation’s plutocrats: “I welcome their hatred.”

In the final year of his first term, the President would actually do the country a great service if he would actually live up to this accusation by bringing a health measure of combative FDR-like populism to his governance and campaigning. He might even listen again to the following:

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3 Comments

  1. HunterC

    January 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

    It’s worse than that. Obama has enabled and furthered the wealthy’s class warfare against the poor and middle class.

    We’re now arguing about an extension of a payroll tax cut (!!!) which wasn’t even in the realm of progressive thought a mere 2 years ago.

    Obama and his corporate handlers have delivered the country to the oligarchs faster than Bush II was able to, and we are all the worse for it.

    Too many “progressives” accept Obama’s corporatism just because he runs under the Democratic party banner.

    It’s time for more people — especially in a battleground like North Carolina to stand up and openly say, “No more corporatism – no matter the party banner. No more.”

  2. david esmay

    January 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Hunter, I couldn’t agree with you more.Back when capitalism existed, vendors of goods and services competed with each other to provide the highest possible quality at the lowest possible price to attract customers. Today our ecomomic sysytem is corpratism, which does not follow the laws of capitalism. Corpratism seeks to contol supply, control demand, conspire to fix prices, eliminate economic competition, reduce wages, and undermine democratic institutions with bribery. In a corporate economy, global corporations conspire to reduce supply, lower quality, manipulate demand, reduce the field of competiots to a small band of conspirators, reduce wages, and increase prices. Corporations skillfully raise prices during a crisis, a freeze in Florida, unrest in Libya, etc.
    What corpratism is doing to us is this: corporations have learned it is more profitable to over-work existing employees without raising salaries, than it is to hire new ones. The presence of a large unemployed working class motivates workers to accept any kind of abuse to keep their jobs and it keeps wages low. The liberal successes of the past, the living wage, 40 hour work week, 8 hour day, work place safety, laws against pollution, etc., are being dismantled by corporations and their Republican handmaidens in congress. Conservatism is the enemy and destroyer of capitalism. Conservatives have no plan to pay down the debt. their plan is to cut taxes on the wealthy, while they reduce spending, holding the national debt at it’s current level, forever, so they can blame “liberals”, and use it as an excuse for government inaction.

  3. Alex

    January 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

    If you look at your definition of corpratism, it seems to fit Obama’s economic policies. I know that he has reduced my wages considerably.