The Pardu

The Pardu
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Class Warfare", A Mantra Born of Desperation

The new republican talking point, "Class Warfare" is clear evidence that the GOP is completely out of control.  While the party on the right has very successfully used demagoguery, misinformation and flat-out lies bundled in 'talking points, I posit that this mantra will fail.    The very fact that they have thrown-out the phrase speaks to desperation.

What is it in their psyches that supports their belief that the middle class will en mass buy into the mantra?  One republican spoke on the House floor about how he could not feed his family with th $400,000 that would be left after his multi-million dollar income is subject to added taxation. Let's leave the Congressman for a moment.


Class warfare:  Class conflict is the tension or antagonism which exists in society due to competing socioeconomicinterests between people of different classes.


In the modern Western context, stratification typically comprises three layers:upper classmiddle class, and lower class. Each class may be further subdivided into smaller classes (e.g. occupational).
The most basic class distinction is between the powerful and the powerless.[1][2] Social classes with a great deal of power are usually viewed as "the elites" within their own societies. Various social and political theories propose that social classes with greaterpower attempt to cement their own ranking above the lower classes in the hierarchy to the detriment of the society overall. By contrast, conservatives and structural functionalists have presented class difference as intrinsic to the structure of any society and to that extent ineradicable.
Basically, as indicated via WIKI, the very use of the phraseology is often spoken when one discusses tenets of Marxist theory.   May I ask, how the GOP would allow its members to grab and uses a basic tenet of marxist theory as a talking point?  The question was actually rhetorical. they do so because they have no rational argument in upper 'class' protectionism from the GOP.   Why should Keith Olbermann even possibly have a less tax rate than me? (OF course, I chose  Olbermann for affect only).

Warren Buffett

"If there's been class warfare in this country, my class won."
Class Warfare website (In reference to a lengthy essay- not posted here)
 I'm distinguishing the class of the "rich" as those who make more that $250,000 per year or whose assets total above 1$ billion. If you're in that "class," you won't find this essay of interest. If you're not in that class, you may still consider yourself "rich" if you make more than say $150,000 per year. However, you should be aware that persons outside the "rich class" as designated here have historically and recently been clear victims of the billionaire class--as in the current home foreclosure cannibalism in which even millionaires became "sacrificial animals."
President Obama and his team float the one million dollar income earners and above grouping earlier in the year.  I actually heard a pundit on CNN rail about how a nurse and a construction worker in the Bay Area would be negatively affected by the $250,000 income cut-off.  Well, the president took that argument and placed it in perspective.
Let's revisit the (TEA PARTY) Congressman from Louisiana.
Tea party Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) used himself as an example Monday while arguing against President Barack Obama’s plan to make sure millionaires pay about the same tax rate as the people that work for them.

“In my own case, I own LLCs,” Fleming told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing. “The income flows to my personal tax return and whatever is left over after taxes are paid, I feed my family on the one hand and on the other hand, I reinvest in my business.”

“With all due respect, The Wall Street Journal estimated that your businesses, which I believe are Subway sandwich shops and UPS stores — very successful — brought you last year, over $6 million,” Jansing noted.

“Yeah, that’s before you pay 500 employees, you pay rent, you pay equipment and food,” Fleming agreed. “Since my net income — and again, that’s the personal rate that I told you about — the amount that I have to reinvest in my business and feed my family is more like $600,000 of that $6.3 million. And so by the time I feed my family, I have maybe $400,000 left over to invest in new locations, upgrade my locations, buy more equipment.”

“You do understand, Congressman, the average person out there making 40, 50, $60,000 a year, when they hear that you have $400,000 left over, it’s not exactly a sympathetic position?” Jansing asked.
Herewith is the mindset of what I call unadulterated "classism".  This fellow is so immersed in his upper strata of the income brackets, he can actually twist his mind to appearing on television and whines about his plight.  There-in lies 'classism' or 'class differentiation' in its ugliest form.

How can the voting public find any rationality in their 'class warfare' argument?

This 'battle' is going to be one for the ages.  The GOP will not go along with the tax increase and the president cannot cave to the GOP.  So, the battle lines are set; and we have to our part.

 The battle actually comes do to the middle class and our beliefs on how the United States moves forward.

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