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Washington Post Column: President Obama shouldn’t be afraid of a little class warfare
Washington Post ^ | 09/24/2011 | Sally Kohn

Posted on 09/24/2011 6:32:54 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

On Monday, defending his plan to raise taxes on the rich to pay for job creation, President Obama said: “This is not class warfare, it’s math.”

No, Mr. President, this is class warfare — and it’s a war you’d better win. Corporate interests and the rich started it. Right now, they’re winning. Progressives and the middle class must fight back, and the president should be clear whose side he’s on.

The class war began in 1971. That year, soon-to-be Supreme Court justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. wrote a confidential memorandum to a friend at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about the “Attack of the American Free Enterprise System.” In the mid-20th century — from the New Deal to Social Security to environmental and civil rights laws — the government had cut into corporate profits while creating middle-class prosperity. Falsely believing that capitalism was under attack, Powell wrote: “It must be recognized that businessmen have not been trained or equipped to conduct guerrilla warfare with those who propagandize against the system.” His proposal, from which the modern conservative movement grew, was to equip business elites for that battle with aggressive policies to make Americans believe that what’s good for wealthy chief executives is good for them, too.

Between 1979 and 2007, the income gap between the richest 1 percent of Americans and the poorest 40 percent more than tripled. Today, the richest 10 percent of Americans control two-thirds of the nation’s wealth, while, according to recently released census data, average Americans saw their real incomes decline by 2.3 percent in 2010. Though our economy grew in 2009 and 2010, 88 percent of the increase in real national income went to corporate profits, one study found. Only 1 percent went to wages and salaries for working people.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: classwarfare; demagogue; obama; occupywallstreet; taxes

1 posted on 09/24/2011 6:33:02 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Corporate interests and the rich started it. Right now, they’re winning

Right they are "winning" in a tax system that requires them to shoulder more the 50% of the tax burden so Progressive Fascists like Sally Kohn here can buy election after election with our tax dollars.

2 posted on 09/24/2011 6:37:18 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sallie Kohn, another "community organizer." I wonder if the dweebs who actually read WaPo realize what kind of spew they are sucking down? Probably not.
3 posted on 09/24/2011 6:37:33 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind

Demagogue and divide.....get your really TALL boots on for the run-up to November 2012. The radical left would rather rule over a pile of ashes than make America what is has been, and was always meant to be.


4 posted on 09/24/2011 6:40:12 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: SeekAndFind

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Kohn

Lesbian community organizer...


5 posted on 09/24/2011 6:42:40 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

a homo = mentally sick and nees help but then she goes on to tell us that the tax system is fair.

Now if she wants to give up her rebate then please let her go ahead but I


6 posted on 09/24/2011 6:46:28 PM PDT by manc (Hannity the fraud he admitted he's socially liberal he's no conservative marriage=1man+ 1 woman)
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To: Snickering Hound

a homo = mentally sick and nees help but then she goes on to tell us that the tax system is fair.

Now if she wants to give up her rebate then please let her go ahead but I suspect she will not.

another champagne socialist


7 posted on 09/24/2011 6:47:03 PM PDT by manc (Hannity the fraud he admitted he's socially liberal he's no conservative marriage=1man+ 1 woman)
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To: SeekAndFind

The problem with this ignorant line of thought (if you can call it that) is that you can NEVER have enough “Fairness” once you go class warfare/socialism.

The Statest mentality MUST have everything we have to be fairly redistributed, they can NEVER have enough.

Socialism sucks no matter how hard you want it or how benevolent your intentions ever are - its a massive lose for everyone.


8 posted on 09/24/2011 6:47:43 PM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: SeekAndFind

Marxist, liberal, leftest, democrats should be afaraid of the TEA party and their elected rep’s.

Were coming back strong, and were coming for OUR wallets.


9 posted on 09/24/2011 6:48:52 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama shouldn’t be afraid of a little class warfare

Afraid? Hussein lives to play the class warfare card.

10 posted on 09/24/2011 6:48:58 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: SeekAndFind

Class warfare is as played out as the race card. Everybody should have to pay some taxes, even if it’s on their welfare check, just to see how it feels.


11 posted on 09/24/2011 6:50:18 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: SeekAndFind
More Communist excrement fresh from the Donkey's anus:

The extreme Left is clearly energized by 0bama's recent lurch to his Marxist roots. These misanthropic ideologues never admit they are wrong, hence never learn anything, thus always insist on victimizing society with their ignorant wrongheaded ideology which has always failed in the past.

12 posted on 09/24/2011 6:51:37 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name.)
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To: SeekAndFind
More Communist excrement fresh from the Donkey's anus:

The extreme Left is clearly energized by 0bama's recent lurch to his Marxist roots. These misanthropic ideologues never admit they are wrong, hence never learn anything, thus always insist on victimizing society with their ignorant wrongheaded ideology which has always failed in the past.

13 posted on 09/24/2011 6:51:49 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name.)
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To: SeekAndFind
More Communist excrement fresh from the Donkey's anus:

The extreme Left is clearly energized by 0bama's recent lurch to his Marxist roots. These misanthropic ideologues never admit they are wrong, hence never learn anything, thus always insist on victimizing society with their ignorant wrongheaded ideology which has always failed in the past.

14 posted on 09/24/2011 6:51:48 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He should be very AFRAID of the Solyndra investigation though. As for “Class Warfare”.....he doesn’t have any “Class” so what’s to worry about?


15 posted on 09/24/2011 6:52:13 PM PDT by RC2
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To: SeekAndFind
the boy doesn't know the difference between math and arithmetic!!!
16 posted on 09/24/2011 6:53:29 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind

The term “Class Warfare” is being used to distract people from the real issues that the people are concerned with. It’s like racism, used at every corner if you disagree with the Democrats.


17 posted on 09/24/2011 6:55:41 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Snickering Hound


what an ugly lesbian.
18 posted on 09/24/2011 6:56:55 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: SeekAndFind
"...Corporate interests and the rich started it. Right now, they’re winning. Progressives and the middle class must fight back, and the president should be clear whose side he’s on..."


19 posted on 09/24/2011 6:57:40 PM PDT by rlmorel (9/11: Aggression is attracted to weakness like sharks are to blood, and we were weak. We still are.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is hilarious. She is wanting him to do the Walter Mondale thing from 1984 and she is so out of touch and deluded enough to think that will change his fortunes.


20 posted on 09/24/2011 6:58:57 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: RC2

I know most Democrats hate Republicans calling this administration’s ‘class warfare’ tactics what they are. So, if anything, we should step it up.


21 posted on 09/24/2011 6:59:27 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Progressives and the middle class must fight back”

This is the LIE that the MSM and Democrat party is trying to sell.....Goebbels would be proud!

Progressives are allied with the RULING class AGAINST the Middle class......


22 posted on 09/24/2011 7:00:48 PM PDT by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Kohn, the Homosexual Marxist who needs to be one of the first deported to North Korea or Cuba to learn what Che’s vision really was.

Progressives are merely unionized thugs with political power and useless, failed, God-less ideals.


23 posted on 09/24/2011 7:04:07 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: MNJohnnie

Did those “corporate interests” not pay Obie $38,500 to sit aside him at fundraisers?


24 posted on 09/24/2011 7:05:00 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: 230FMJ

Exactly - that is a salient point that most miss - the majority of the middle class considers themselves as being relatively conservative - they are the ones being placed in the most jeopardy by 0bama’s and the ‘Rat’s Leftist games and lies.


25 posted on 09/24/2011 7:05:25 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name.)
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To: SeekAndFind
No, Mr. President, this is class warfare — and it’s a war you’d better win

Since we're winning (Go Cain!) bring it on.

surely this dimwit doesn't really mean what she wrote...?

26 posted on 09/24/2011 7:07:25 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t it about time DumBO comes up with a final solution for millionaires and billionaires?


27 posted on 09/24/2011 7:16:20 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (I'll follow an eloquent Allen West out of hell.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Like always, it's not the spew that's the problem. The spewers would have no audience if the people who buy it weren't so stupid to . . . buy it.

Just like the race hustlers and the Jeremiah Wrights: They're not the problem. The problem is the people who listen and agree.

28 posted on 09/24/2011 7:22:09 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: jimbo123

She has the Sodomite smirk of Rachel Maddow. I’m sure they’ve sampled some tuna tartare in the past.


29 posted on 09/24/2011 7:32:41 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: wac3rd

Is it just me or does it seem like homosexuals are highly overrepresented in the media as compared to their true percentage of the population?

Just aksing.


30 posted on 09/24/2011 7:43:09 PM PDT by Redcat
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To: SeekAndFind

31 posted on 09/24/2011 7:49:29 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Redcat

Is it just me or does it seem like homosexuals are highly overrepresented in the media as compared to their true percentage of the population?

Just aksing.


They network beyond anything you could imagine.


32 posted on 09/24/2011 7:54:16 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Nor a little race warfare, as evidenced by his appearance before the CBC yesterday.

It’s time to send this community organizer back to Chicago on a permanent vacay. Oh, and take the Moocher with ya as well!


33 posted on 09/25/2011 8:28:04 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: SeekAndFind
In the mid-20th century — from the New Deal to Social Security to environmental and civil rights laws — the government had cut into corporate profits while creating middle-class prosperity.

The government created middle-class prosperity?

34 posted on 09/25/2011 8:32:00 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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Note: this topic is from 9/24/2011. Thanks SeekAndFind.

35 posted on 10/17/2011 5:06:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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