Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wealthy Wage Class Warfare

One of the great victories of the GOP is that it has mastered the manipulation of language to bamboozle people into voting GOP when there's no rational economic reason to do so.  I've mentioned previously how the GOP has sold the public on the idea that benefits that only benefit the wealthy are really good for everyone else because we might all be weatlhy someday, despite the statistical improbablility, if not impossibility, of that.

A corollary to that sale is the mantra of "class warfare," and its sister econimic pejorative, "socialist state."  Despite a three year track record of supporting business development and expansion Obama is still pasted with the socialist label by the GOP and its many minions of moronic mouthing.

But class warfare is my favorite of the moment.  Everytime the wealthiest of the nation are asked to contribute more to the weal of the broader population, a population entirely necessary for their success, large numbers of these wealthy cry "class warfare" (with the exception of your occasional Warren Buffett or George Soros). 

Which is fine, I suppose, in so far as greed is fine.  Because, really, what's being asked of the wealthy wouldn't even be one luxury car for them and none are being asked to subject themselves to penury.  But the amazing thing is how many people who are not weathly and aren't likely to be wealthy will carry their standard and fight their peers in these things.

Look at Wisconsin.  The recall vote for governor was based on anger over public employees losing collective bargaining rights, which is the same thing as not having unions, seeing as that's what unions do.  Governor Walker's solution to a declining Wisconsin economy, industrially based as it once was, was to convince people who lost their own union benefits when the industrial jobs went away to vote to deprive their fellow workers in the public sector of the same benefits they once had.  The GOP has turned worker against worker and used them to push worker benefits further downward.

Of course, the irony in this is that most of the benefits that are so costly, the ones related to health care, would be entirely unnecessary if the United States had universal health care.  Businesses would have much more flexibility, and workers, too, if there was no worry about paying for health care.  That's a big write-off the business books if health insurance isn't necessary.  It particularly benefits the small business that can then hire more talented workers who might otherwise go to work for the bigger companies who can afford health coverage with the greater spread of the cost in more employees.

The GOP supposedly is the stalwart of small business but has worked consistently at keeping small business down by driving costs on to small business that ought to be born by the larger society.  Once again, it's war waged on the lower earners, and using lower earners to fight the battle for them.

The GOP has for some time been the representative of irrational thinking, whether it's evolution or economics, but it's getting worse all the time.  Now the presidential candidate of the party is a guy who has blatantly changed positions solely to run for the office, cannot even lie with a straight face about his bullying behavior as a youth, and is quite obviously running primarily as today's Steve Forbes, a man who wants to hoard as much money for himself as possible, silver spoon providing the leg up for each.  It's no wonder Donald Trump is a Romney supporter.  He's as big an ego maniac as we're likely to find in the celebri-business world and Romney is just the same, only with better hair.

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