Skip to comments.New York Times Asks Is Limbaugh's America Gone? Liberals Reply Yes, Time for 'Growing Class Warfare'
Posted on 11/21/2012 8:45:21 AM PST by Sub-Driver
New York Times Asks Is Limbaugh's America Gone? Liberals Reply Yes, Time for 'Growing Class Warfare' By Tim Graham Created 11/21/2012 - 11:10am
In a piece for The New York Times Campaign Stops blog, liberal political writer Thomas Edsall asked Is Rush Limbaughs Country Gone? In other words, is Rush right in his post-election analysis that America is in danger of its producers being outnumbered and outvoted by the government dependents? Did we just prove the old George Bernard Shaw aphorism that A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul?
Leftists enthusiastically answer in the affirmative. Edsall quoted Robert Borosage in a fit of glee: In our Gilded Age of extreme inequality, with a middle class that increasingly understands the rules are rigged against them, this was the first election in what is likely to be an era of growing class warfare.
Borosage was convinced that somehow the election results were a repudiation of the revolt of the rich, and Middle class populism triumphed....Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin won by standing clearly with working people against the money interests.
It makes a conservative want to make a poster with President Obama attending his fundraiser in September at gangsta-rapper Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Manhattan the nightclub that features a champagne tower of 350 bottles of $300-a-bottle Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, worth $105,000. Put Obama and Jay-Z in front of that spectacle with the slogan Middle-class populism standing clearly with working people against the money interests. But no one from Mother Jones went begging for secret recordings of this event.
Obama wants to drive a post-election deal that steamrollers the congressional Republicans, pretending the voters have given a mandate that its Class Warfare Time. Never mind the fact that House Republicans were also returned to their majority. He can count on a media elite of multi-millionaires who conceive of themselves as todays Franklin Roosevelts, traitors to their class, as if middle-class populism is exactly what defines snooty liberal stars like Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, and Anderson (Vanderbilt) Cooper. Liberals know they can try to build a mass movement for redistribution of the wealth with the cheerleading of every Occupy Wall Street ogler in the media mob.
Edsall essentially admitted the objective media are an ally of the Left: Much of the focus in the media in recent years has been on the growing hard-line stance of the Republican Party. At the same time, there are significant developments taking place as a new left alliance forms to underpin the Democratic Party.
Our media spent the last two years raging against the hard-line stance of the Tea Party demanding no increase in tax rates. That sales job was so impressive that the Pew Research Center is touting their finding that 53 percent of respondents are prematurely prepared to blame the Republicans if there is no agreement on the fiscal cliff, compared to only 27 percent who would blame Obama.
This might be because the network anchors cant even acknowledge the Democrats have a no-compromise crowd of their own. Obama met last week with progressive and labor groups who are just as staunchly opposed to any deal restricting or changing the spending or eligibility requirement on the current menu of Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid programs. ABC, CBS, and NBC didnt even report the meeting occurred on their TV news shows.
On one network NPR the Left sent its message. SEIU president Mary Kay Henry plainly spoke of no surrender: I think compromise is important in a situation when everybody has enough food to eat, where people can make ends meet by working one job, and that's just not the situation for the majority of Americans.
NPR anchor Audie Cornish was a little surprised: what are you prepared to give on? Henry suggested nothing: I have to tell you, Audie, it makes no sense to me to have that conversation in an environment where it is not clear that we can break the logjam on the question of the wealthiest paying their fair share. And that is the beginning of understanding whether there's an agreement can be reached. And that's why I'm unwilling to acknowledge what you are asking me to do in terms of compromising on spending cuts.
Henry told The New York Times we're hoping that the extreme right wing in the Congress is willing to listen to the mandate of the people and work with the president to have the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share.
Like a good liberal journalist, Edsall employed the usual logic that the rising American electorate represents a direct threat to the striking array of government benefits for the affluent that the conservative movement has won over the past 40 years. Edsall and The New York Times define government benefits for the affluent as tax cuts for the rich. Taxpayers never earn their own money, they never built that. All money is issued by Washington.
Edsall is defining the battle line liberals would like to draw. Theyd like to erase every tax reduction Ronald Reagan ever won, and go back to the economic-growth glory days of the Stagflation Seventies. The class warfare is back, and our media are pretending to have trouble locating the battlefront.
Just ponder the word for a moment...class “warfare”. Is that what it’s coming to?
We have just began to fight.
...standing clearly with working people against the money interests...
To anyone with a brain, CLEARLY, they do not...
We have just began to fight.>>>>
Bull crap. We all sit around in a big circle jerk, mouthing heroic platitudes as we watch or country disappear. I don’t know what the answer is, I’m as guilty as the rest. We watch the media lie, both political parties answerable to no one, and we do nothing, in fact, we pride ourselves on paying our taxes on April 15. In my 76 years here on earth, I’ve never seen such an assault on our way of life. There’s only one way to get our country back, the same way our founders did.
If you make more than they do, then you are one of the wealthiest.
If you make more than they think you deserve, then you are one of the wealthiest.
The inequality that is the result of individuals freely engaging in production and trade under conditions of free economic competition and not crony capitalism is one of the institutions of capitalism that is necessary for a proper division of labor society. Economic inequality inexorably emerges from the freedom of the individual to pursue his own prosperity and to keep as his own whatever he achieves. It emerges simply because not everyone is equally intelligent, talented, ambitious, or hardworking, or saves as great a proportion of his income. In effect, it emerges as the consequence of different individuals enacting different degrees of economic causation.
Egalitarianism is an assault on inequality which has a negative effect on the expansion and extension of the division of labor system, which has a negative effect on the process of production, which has a negative effect on the total production of wealth, which has a negative effect on the standard of living of the average worker and the prosperity of the society as a whole.
The abolition of economic inequality would mean the abolition of all connection between an individuals efforts and his income. It would be tantamount to the abolition of causality in the receipt of income. This ends up encouraging people to do nothing.
The abolition of economic inequality would also mean the abolition of causality the spending of income and cost. This ends up encouraging people to demand everything.
“To anyone with a brain, CLEARLY, they do not...”
I have some union friends on Facebook. They are sooo brainwashed, it’s disturbing.
The parasites are determined to kill the hosts.
A lot of wealthy Americans are Democrats serving in Congress.
Dream on, Lefties. The only way to fix a Leftist clown is to starve him. It will be fun to watch.
The libs are absolutely right. My America is gone. The last chance to delay the onrush of hard socialism was to overturn Obamacare and we missed that chance.
My America is gone. They are right. The NWO one world government globalists have flattened us and our rights.
True, government can depend on the support of Paul, but government will also have to deal with a “sore” Peter which can be come a difficult thing to do.
A mandate of the people??!!! Obama got 51% of the vote, and that’s a mandate?