Class War?

The president thinks that it’s only fair for the wealthy to pay no smaller proportion of their income than the middle class. Cong. Boehner calls that “class war.”

• Boehner wants to put the burden of government on the middle class. But that’s not class war.

• Boehner  wants to give more breaks to the wealthiest among us. But that’s not class war.

• Boehner  wants to let his rich friends send their money abroad. But that’s not class war.

• Boehner wants to pull the plug on the minimum wage.  But that’s not class war.

• Boehner refuses to use government to keep people working. But that’s not class war.

• Boehner doesn’t want to stimulate the economy by supporting the middle class. But that’s not class war.

• Boehner wants to let government and business fire more people.  But that’s not class war.

• Boehner wants the rest of us to scramble for jobs so that we bid wages and salaries back to depression levels.  But that’s not class war.

• Boehner wants to use the spiraling economy as an excuse to reward his friends.  But that’s not class war.

• Boehner doesn’t want to spend a penny to protect us from global warming because his friends might have to chip in. But that’s not class war.

There are big problems out there. Good, responsible workers are out of jobs or can’t sell their wares or can’t earning a living on the farm. A chorus of economists has told us for decades and continues to tell us that economic policy should be counter-cyclical – save and pay down the budget in the good years, what Clinton did in the 90s, and spend some dollars to help the country pull out of a recession. But for Boehner that might mean a helping hand to those that need it and oh no we can’t do that. But that’s not class war.

This is a great time to invest in failing parts of our country’s infrastructure. But oh no, Boehner couldn’t have that. You’d actually have to hire people to do the work. And he wouldn’t want to do that when people actually need the jobs. But that’s not class war.

This is a great time to invest in renewable energy. Renewable energy would give people jobs now and give us long term gains, against the costs of foreign oil and the ravages of global warming. But oh no, not for Mr. Boehner. That would make things better for everybody.

There’s the rub. He wants us all to take care of ourselves. In Boehner’s world we’ll learn to live in caves to get away from the heat and the storms. In Boehner’s world we’ll all give up our homes and cars and come bowing to his friends begging for jobs. But that’s not class war.

Apparently a fair shake is class war. If only we could send Boehner to the land of Oz – maybe he could acquire a head and a heart.

— This commentary was broadcast on WAMC Northeast Report, September 20, 2011.


 

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