Class warfare? The rich have already won!
In the history of actual warfare, it’s hard to imagine a worse outcome than the one endured by France after it attempted to fight off Nazi occupation at the start of World War II. Indeed, the only way the French could have screwed it up any more is if, at the last minute, they’d voted to replace their standing army with a flock of epileptic prairie chickens.
Similarly, it’s hard to imagine how much more horribly the middle and lower classes –and their halfhearted surrogates – could screw up the class war they’re currently waging against the wealthy.
But make no mistake about it, that war is happening – ask any Republican.
After President Obama recently proposed that the richest Americans pay higher taxes in order to reduce the deficit, the GOP was united in opposition, claiming that the president was engaged in a malodorous form of class warfare.
Of course, those who talk incessantly about class warfare almost never pause to mention who’s winning – because if they did, that silly meme would suddenly make less sense than the rantings of a peyote-addled tea partier caught in the basilisk-like gaze of Michele Bachmann.
But if you really want to know the score, consider the following:
It’s interesting to note that eras when the poor and middle class weren’t such inept class warriors were often marked by sustained periods of robust growth, whereas income inequality prevailed in the Roaring Twenties, a decade that quickly gave way to the Great Depression.
I don’t mean to spit on the hallowed grave of Cornelius Vanderbilt, but could it be that allowing more money to flow into the hands of the poor and middle class – people who are likely to spend it immediately on necessities – would go a long way toward creating jobs?
Of course, I find it a bit odd that Republicans are so eager to start real wars fought in foreign lands but suddenly get squeamish when it comes to pretend wars fought in John Boehner’s head.
Then again, they’re crafty enough these days to know how to pick their battles.
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