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Democrats Continue Class Warfare Rhetoric
Real Clear Politics ^ | Jan 5, 2014 | Salena Zito

Posted on 01/05/2014 5:54:42 AM PST by Innovative

As we head into the 2014 midterm elections, one thing is certain: Class warfare will be the campaign stage again — it is the only way this president knows how to win, by dividing and conquering — with the tea party, Main Street and businesses large and small cast as the villains.

Income inequity will be 2014's attack line for Obama and Democrats, this election cycle's class-warfare rhetoric. The first example is their pledge to rebuild the middle class with a minimum-wage increase.

Republicans always get pegged for their supposed fidelity to the rich and to Wall Street. But the irony is that income inequality between Wall Street and Main Street has flourished under Obama and the Democrats.

The true political story today is the disconnect between the interests of working-class Americans and the Democrats' devotion to the interests of certain extremely wealthy segments of society.

It will be a tough sell to harp about income inequality when the rich got richer and the poor got poorer under this administration.

Besides, such sloganeering sounds an awful lot like income redistribution.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: classwarfare; elections2014; incomeredistribution; obama; obamacare; socialism
Republicans better get on the ball and start fighting this NOW -- read up on Ronald Reagan.
1 posted on 01/05/2014 5:54:42 AM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

The GOP would do well to do something about the over taxation and over regulation that kill and prevent job creation.


2 posted on 01/05/2014 5:58:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Innovative

Related — the Dems are already starting:

50 Years Later, War on Poverty Is a Mixed Bag

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/business/50-years-later-war-on-poverty-is-a-mixed-bag.html?hp&_r=1&;

“Programs like unemployment insurance and food stamps are keeping millions of families afloat. Republicans have sought to cut both programs, an illustration of the intense disagreement between the two political parties over the best solutions for bringing down the poverty rate as quickly as possible, or eliminating it. “

It’s all the fault of the Republicans that the “War on Poverty” didn’t work, we just have to take away all the money from “the evil rich” and turn the US into a communist paradise, like Cuba.

(If anyone can’t see this is sarcasm, they really have a comprehension problem... of course the Dems would read this as absolute truth...)


3 posted on 01/05/2014 5:59:54 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

The RATS think that since this worked in getting that communist woman elected in Seattle WA, and also De Blasio in New York city, this will work all across the country.

The RATS are the ones that have destroyed the working poor and middle class jobs. Now they are saying that they are the ones to bring those jobs back? They are fools, all of them, FOOLS!


4 posted on 01/05/2014 6:01:02 AM PST by Flavious_Maximus
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To: Flavious_Maximus

It works.


5 posted on 01/05/2014 6:02:25 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: cripplecreek

“The GOP would do well to do something about the over taxation and over regulation that kill and prevent job creation.”

BINGO!

An interesting statistics in the NYT article I just posted in my post 3:

“The poverty rate for full-time workers is just 3 percent. For those not working, it is 33 percent. “


6 posted on 01/05/2014 6:03:03 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Flavious_Maximus

“They are fools, all of them, FOOLS!”

I agree with your general statement, but not the one I quoted above -— you are assuming the Dems are “fools”, but they are not, they know exactly what they are doing — their real objective is NOT to help the country, but to become the ruling party, in a single party system, as in the communist countries — they aspire to be like Fidel Castro and it’s DELIBERATE, not just being misguided. Some of their supporters are indeed misguided and fall for the false premises, but the core, including Hillary and Obama know exactly what they are doing.


7 posted on 01/05/2014 6:06:31 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
rebuild the middle class with a minimum-wage increase.


When did the Minimum wage become the new
income standard for the Middle class?

The Middle Class does not live on Minimum wage unless the Dems are now bringing
them to their knees in line with Poverty so that those new to the work force
can think they're doing good in name only. I'm confused about this change.

8 posted on 01/05/2014 6:08:18 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Innovative

And we are so outnumbered.


9 posted on 01/05/2014 6:09:18 AM PST by FES0844
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To: Innovative
Yes, Cuba where you can now get a Peugeot 206 for only $91K . . .


10 posted on 01/05/2014 6:13:57 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Flavious_Maximus
The dems aren't fools, they are evil statists.

The people who vote for and support them are the fools.

11 posted on 01/05/2014 6:15:08 AM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell x)
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To: Innovative

Too many seem to think that beating up on the poor is a winning strategy. The simple fact is that its a losing strategy even in the cases where the poor deserve it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3108217/posts

Cutting people off welfare doesn’t create a single job. Tax dollars saved will just be wasted elsewhere. Sure the entitlements need to be severely cut to those who are the most in need but you’ve got to have jobs for people to go to or you end up with an enraged underclass who push even harder for socialism.


12 posted on 01/05/2014 6:15:32 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

“Too many seem to think that beating up on the poor is a winning strategy.”

It seems you are buying into the Dem propaganda.

Are you the same person who posted post #2 — it has your name on it, but your current post and that one are inconsistent. Your suggestion in post #2 is the answer.

“The GOP would do well to do something about the over taxation and over regulation that kill and prevent job creation.”


13 posted on 01/05/2014 6:21:17 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
“The poverty rate for full-time workers is just 3 percent. For those not working, it is 33 percent. “

all the while the former category is much less than half of the registered voters, while in a presidential 70% of the former group votes while upwards of 110% of the latter group votes.

14 posted on 01/05/2014 6:21:52 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: All

Relevant editorial inIvestor’s Business Daily in Dec 2013:

How Much Redistribution Is Enough?

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-obama-care/121013-682454-government-becomes-a-massive-wealth-transfer-engine.htm

“The CBO study breaks down the country by income into five equal groups, or quintiles. It found the top 40% paid more than 100% of all the income taxes, while the bottom 40% had a negative income tax. These families got more money through various refundable tax credits, on average, than they paid in income taxes.

Even when you include payroll and other federal taxes, the poorest group paid just 0.4% of all federal taxes, while the wealthiest paid 70%.”


15 posted on 01/05/2014 6:28:19 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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CBO:Top 40% Paid 106.2% of Income Taxes; Bottom 40% Paid -9.1%, Got Average of $18,950 in ‘Transfers’

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/cbotop-40-paid-1062-income-taxes-bottom-40-paid-91-got-average-18950

Direct link to CBO Report — lots of good graphs and tables:

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/44604-AverageTaxRates.pdf


16 posted on 01/05/2014 6:33:51 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
Class warfare arguments always take aim at Wall Street but always result in laws and regulations that crush Main Street. Quite deliberately - it's Communism 101.

Republicans should be able to make something out of that...except that they are complicit in redirecting the effects of public anger away from their top contributors.

17 posted on 01/05/2014 6:35:04 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Innovative

Republicans want everyone to be rich and Democrats want no one to be rich...except themselves.


18 posted on 01/05/2014 6:35:32 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: Innovative

Beating up on the poor isn’t the same thing as doing what it takes to ease job creation.

Take a look around FR and you will find a lot of people who seem to take a great deal of joy in bashing people for being poor. They are the ones enacting democrat strategy for the democrats.

Reagan actively reached out to the poor, not with promises of free stuff but with promises of betterment for all through jobs and a better economy.


19 posted on 01/05/2014 6:37:47 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

You’re accepting the dems premise that Republicans are “beating up on the poor?” Not me.


20 posted on 01/05/2014 6:40:45 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

“Class warfare arguments always take aim at Wall Street but always result in laws and regulations that crush Main Street. Quite deliberately - it’s Communism 101. “

Exactly right!


21 posted on 01/05/2014 6:44:58 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: All

Another good article:

Richard Riordan and Eli Broad: It isn’t a sin to be rich

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3108535/posts

“We also need wealthy Americans to create those jobs.”


22 posted on 01/05/2014 6:45:57 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

If the demodummies think there is such a great disparity in wealth, I suggest everyone of them, crooked bastards that they are, turn over their entire income and treasure chests to the underfunded “takers”. That in itself should even the playing field.


23 posted on 01/05/2014 6:51:16 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: subterfuge

You don’t know a damn thing about what I’m accepting. I formed my opinion from watching self righteous assholes right here in this form talk about crap like deporting the poor.

If you don’t have the manhood to face that fact I can’t help you.


24 posted on 01/05/2014 6:53:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Innovative

it’s one of a few things they can rely on....they know their in big time trouble over Odungocare. It’s about to get even nastier...the law suits are mounting, which drives the little boy king to the narcissistic revenge mode, which in turn exposes his actions even more, which in turn,drives his numbers down and makes him even more unpopular...he can’t help it, he’s sick.


25 posted on 01/05/2014 6:55:34 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: subterfuge

Just found a great speech by Ronald Reagan:

“Well, I would suggest that no one should have a vested interest in poverty or dependency, that these tragedies must never be looked at as a source of votes for politicians or paychecks for bureaucrats. They are blights on our society that we must work to eliminate, not institutionalize.

Now, there are those who will always require help from the rest of us on a permanent basis, and we’ll provide that help. To those with temporary need, we should have programs that are aimed at making them self-sufficient as soon as possible. How can limited government and fiscal restraint be equated with lack of compassion for the poor? How can a tax break that puts a little more money in the weekly paychecks of working people be seen as an attack on the needy?”

http://reagan2020.us/speeches/The_Agenda_is_Victory.asp


26 posted on 01/05/2014 6:58:32 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

It’s Trickle Down Big Government vs LIBERTY.


27 posted on 01/05/2014 7:00:34 AM PST by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: subterfuge

Republicans can’t seem to articulate a plan that would lift the poor out of poverty. Nor can they seem to legislate with a plan to left the poor out of poverty.

My plan? Defund the regulatory un-elected bureaucracies repeal 95% of their rules and focus on growing the economy with much flatter, simpler tax rates.

Just as an example, the poor used to be able to grow produce or buy it wholesale and sell it. Now you need business licenses, tax ID numbers, accountants and lawyers.


28 posted on 01/05/2014 7:03:53 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Innovative
The party of slavery

I'm going to start using the party of slavery instead of the "democrat party" which invokes so much backlash.  I imagine it will be even more effective as a chain pulling device. 

It's historically accurate and it's not a false insult as "war on women" or other such nonsense that they use.

 

29 posted on 01/05/2014 7:30:54 AM PST by MNnice
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To: cripplecreek

A little overly sensitive aren’t you cripple? If you’re so down on FReepers why are you here? Going to be all righteous about it? Then YOU need to grow thicker skin.


30 posted on 01/05/2014 7:37:52 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: subterfuge

Sensitive? I’m the one who apparently got some of you a little irritated and all I did was speak up.


31 posted on 01/05/2014 7:40:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Innovative

There is absolutely nothing worse than a civil war (well, losing one is the worst), but sometimes, as a last resort, they are necessary and inevitable.

I am in my 60’s, and have been an avid reader of history since I was a young boy. I tell you, things are lining up for just such a last resort. I wonder if it can be averted. Then again, I am reminded of something Grace Slick said many, many years ago: “It doesn’t mean shit to a tree.”


32 posted on 01/05/2014 7:52:50 AM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Sicon

“The dems aren’t fools, they are evil statists. The people who vote for and support them are the fools.”

That’s a fact.


33 posted on 01/05/2014 7:54:09 AM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Innovative

New report debunks narrative on income inequality
http://www.laffercenter.com/2012/07/lefts-dubious-history-income-inequality/

The Latest News on Tax Fairness-top 20%’s share up, everyone else’s share down over last 30 years
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444873204577537250318931044.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

If fairness in paying taxes means the amount you pay is based on the amount you make, then the only group in America paying at least a “fair share” is the top 20%—people who make more than $74,000. For everyone else, the tax code is a bargain.

You wouldn’t know this from rat rhetoric, but our tax system, according to a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), is incredibly progressive. Consider: The top 1% of income earners pay an average federal tax rate of 28.9%. (See the nearby table.) The average federal tax rate on the top 20% is 23.2%. The 20% of taxpayers earning between $50,100 and $73,999 pay an average 15.1%, and so on down the line. The CBO report includes payroll as well as income taxes paid.

There’s also another way of looking at fairness, and that’s the tax burden. Here, consider the top 20% of income earners (over $74,000). They make 50% of the nation’s income but pay nearly 70% of all federal taxes.

The remaining 30% of the tax burden is borne by 80% of the taxpayers, those who make less than $74,000. In short, this group’s share of taxes paid, 30%, is lower than the share of income they earn, 50%.

Yet President Obama says that “for some time now, when compared to the middle class,” the wealthy “haven’t been asked to do their fair share.”

He’s right that the system isn’t fair, but not because the top 1% pay too little. It is because they pay too much.


34 posted on 01/05/2014 8:01:38 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Innovative

“Republicans better get on the ball and start fighting this NOW — read up on Ronald Reagan. “

Sorry, they are too busy fighting their base and legalizing 30 million more Democrat voters.


35 posted on 01/05/2014 8:41:06 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Innovative

Democrats have kept their followers uneducated and poor.


36 posted on 01/05/2014 9:44:18 AM PST by abclily
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To: Innovative

How many poor people ride on John Kerry’s yacht? Besides the ones that serve the drinks.

How many poor people could John Kerry’s Aspen lodge house?

If only the republicans had some gonads. Look at this message the democrats are telling the American people. “You’re poor, you will always be poor, don’t even try, but vote for us and we’ll give you table scraps.”


37 posted on 01/05/2014 3:36:23 PM PST by Organic Panic
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