By Jack Jodell, Sept. 20, 2011

President Obama FINALLY dug in his heels in his latest speech and declared he would sanction no more cuts in federal programs without a corresponding increase in taxes for the very wealthy. I, and a huge majority of the country, applaud him for this committment to FAIRNESS and COMMON SENSE. We all wonder what took him so long, and wish that he had shown such strong resolve many months ago.

Immediately following his speech, all the usual far-right, well out of the mainstream conservative Republicans began screaming “class warfare” almost in unison.  We heard the phrase ridiculously uttered from that sour, stuffy, despicable, brain-constipated Republican Senate Republican Minority Leader and millionaire Mitch McConnell (who should really ingest a CASE of Ex-Lax before he next opens his mouth). We also heard it uttered by millionaire Speaker of the House John Boehner  (R-OH), who campaigned last November on how Republicans would create jobs, and has yet to offer up a SINGLE jobs program bill from his lame, totally partisan, so-called “pro-growth” caucus. We heard it from millionaire House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), the biggest parrot to ever receive a federal paycheck, and one devoid of any original thought.  We heard it from millionaire Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who said the jobs plan with its proposed tax hikes would “punish jobs creators.” Oh, REALLY now, Ryan! What about all these nice “jobs creators” who took Bush’s ridiculous tax cuts for the wealthy and then promptly moved their plants out of the country and created new jobs not here, but in China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Phillipines, and Mexico instead?  What type of nonsense are you talking, and why are you defending these greedy, self-centered people so vigorously? Are you a blind idiot, or are you actually on their payroll to say such insane and misleading things? We also heard “class warfare” springing from the lips of media figures like Fox ” News” commentator Bill O’Reilly, who said that tax hikes could cause him, who makes $10 MILLION per year, to leave his TV show altogether, which would then cost all his lower-paid staff their jobs and cause them great difficulty. AS IF YOU CARED ONE LITTLE BIT ABOUT THEIR STRUGGLES, YOU LYING PHONY! Not to be outdone, radio pundit Rush Limbaugh, unquestionably the most self-absorbed and biggest liar to ever hit talk radio, had to offer his worthless two cents’ worth as well, saying that Obama’s action was indeed “pure class warfare” and that it represents “the destruction of the engine that has defined and made this a great country.” Oh yeah, you fat drug addict? What about the TRUE engines of this economy, the AMERICAN WORK FORCE, who have repeatedly been hit with the hidden CORPORATE tax of stagnant or lowered wages over the past 30 years, while corporate CEOs have VASTLY increased THEIR income and benefits packages at the very same time? I would say THEIR actions have been far more destructive to the economy than any tax hike would be! Limbaugh, isn’t it funny how a 91% MARGINAL TAX RATE WAS A-OK AND THE COUNTRY PROSPERED NICELY WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP IN THE 1950s AND EARLY 1060s, BUT A MERE RESTORATION TO A MUCH LOWER 39.6% IS SOMEHOW EVIL AND JOB-DESTROYING NOW? What kind of nonsense is THAT?

As the President so accurately put it, “It’s not class warfare. It’s math…if we’re not willing to ask those who have done extraordinarily well to help America close the deficit, the math says everybody else has to do a whole lot more.” He also stated that “George Washington grappled with the problem [of taxes]. He said, ‘towards the payment of debts, there must be revenue, and to have revenue, there must be taxes. And no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant.'”

Take THAT, Tea Party extremists and conservative Republicans! Straight from the Father of our Country himself!

The truth of the vmatter is that the REAL wagers of “class warfare” have NOT been the advocates of increased taxes on the wealthy, but instead THE WEALTHY AND THEIR CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN SHILLS THEMSELVES! For the benefit of any moron who still believes otherwise, I present the following primer on what actually constitutes “class warfare”:

1). The attempt to destroy labor unions and the collective bargaining process, which has been in effect since 1935. This has been a prime undertaking by corporate America and certain wealthy individuals like the notorious Koch brothers for far too long now, and has resulted in a steady decline in unionn membership.

2). The outsourcing of American factories and manufacturing jobs, which has greatly accelerated in recent years. This has effectively led to American workers having to compete against slave labor in foreign countries for wages. This, too, has been a course deliberately set upon by huge corporations and the wealthy.

3). The huge increase in special interest lobbying, funded exclusively by wealthy individuals and foundations, huge corporations, as well as special interest groups like the Chamber of Commerce and ALEC, which have  effectively gamed the electoral system by bribing legislators and actually writing legislation for them to submit and vote into law, much of which is anti-consumer and anti-labor in essence.

4). The deliberate weakening of federal trade regulations through the efforts of corporate lobbyists which were designed long ago to guarantee fair and equal access for all to the marketplace.

5). The steady and sneaky shift in the income tax burden away from corporations  and the wealthy onto the poor and middle class. This has been occuring for the past 4 decades, and has made our tax system far more regressive and far less progressive than it had been.

6). The development of sham, illegal and wholly unethical overseas tax shelters for the wealthy to hold onto profits and deprive the government of much-needed revenue.  The result has been a serious decaying of the entire national infrastructure.

7). The ongoing attempt by the wealthy to privatize or even do away with much-needed government safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

8). The attempt by the wealthy to inhibit the right of consumers and innocent people to protect themselves from corporate overreach or outright aggression by limiting their right to sue these business interests, lumping this effort under the broad banner of “tort reform.”

As Warren Buffett, he himself an incredibly wealthy man, has stated, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

Republicans, people who protest the abovementioned, blatantly one-sided actions undertaken over the past few decades by the wealthy are NOT engaging in “class warfare.” Nor will a tax increase of ONLY 4.6% on the very wealthiest Americans destroy job growth, nor does it represent punishing them in any way! I would advise YOU to stop protecting these greedy people who are themselves destroying the economy! The American voter is NOT buying your lies and foolish arguments one bit!

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. Class warfare? So what? It does not change the facts.

  2. Darlene says:

    You said it all and you said it well, Jack. I applaud you and agree with your post 100%.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thank you so much. We should never be discouraged, because most of the public (who are definitely NOT far-right Tea Partiers or conservative Republicans) know the TRUTH and see things much as we do! I can’t wait for the 2012 elections—then we’ll see the REAL electorate speak its vote to make a good number of these idiots disappear from office for good!

  3. Jack, you’ve been doing great work lately. I wanted to tip you off to something. This week, the Associated Press released a “fact check” about the rich and taxation that was a gross distortion of the facts. One in the know could almost see Mr. Monopoly peering over the shoulder of the reporter. I’m going to post on this in coming days, but I’d be interested in seeing what you can do with this, too.

  4. TomCat says:

    Magnificent, Jack! There can can be no doubt that this is class warfare and that Republicans have been the aggressors for years!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thank you, sir! I appreciate hearing from you a gain—it’s been a while. But I understand completely—between faithfully keeping up your own daily blog, working with the prison inmates, and trips to the doctor for your COPD condition, I don’t know how you get ANYTHING done! Folks, for those who aren’t aware, TomCat has one of the best lefty blogs to be found anywhere over at POLITICS PLUS http://politicsplus.org.

      I am GREATLY ENCOURAGED by Elizabeth Warren already pulling ahead of Scott Brown in Massachusetts!

  5. Max's Dad says:

    If I hear one more “If Buffet wants to pay more taxes he’s free to write a check to the IRS” one more time I may flip out. And that’s from those $50K a year Republicans. Amazing how the wealthy can ALWAYS get the poor and middle class to do their dirty work for them either by sacrificing their kids to wars that profit the rich, or getting them to spout the nonsense that the wealthy tell them to say. Great job as usual Jack

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks, Max’s Dad, and good to hear from you again. Like you, I am tired of the poor and middle class constantly tricked or maneuvered into doing the rich’s bidding for them. Enough is enough!

  6. JollyRoger says:

    I saw the Apologist Press whitewash of the goody bags for the rich. I would have expected no less from an organization that has functioned as the propaganda clearinghouse for the Rushpubliscum Party for a decade now.

  7. Jack, you laid it all out well. Just realize, most Republican know their fat-cat backers won’t be hurt in the slightest by the very small tax increase Obama is proposing. No more than a speeding train is slowed by hitting a gnat. It’s kabuki theater politics. Some know nothings, tea partyers included, might really believe what Boehner, Cantor and McConnell whined about, but what can you do? Past some point of being ignorant, gullible or both, some folks are hopeless cases.

    As for Obama, I join you in cheering his belated U-turn. I hope for everyone’s sake it turns out to not have come too late.

  8. I always learn more more more when I read you, Jack. Incredible post… the strength and integrity of your posts in educating, inspiring and drumming up support… Fantastic!

  9. Hello Jack,
    “It’s math…if we’re not willing to ask those who have done extraordinarily well to help America close the deficit, the math says everybody else has to do a whole lot more.”

    The real problem is that the “Mindless Lemming Ultra Conservative Teabaggers” can’t do simple math. I was in a debate on this subject with a Teabagger who called himself “Sepp” a while back on Muddy’s site when I simply asked him, “What was “¼ divided by ½” and asked him to show me his work in fractional form. Needless to say the “Lack of Knowledge Teabagger” could not show proficiency in 4th grade fractional math but he was going to tell me his expertise in “Global International Budget Economics” by repeating what he heard on “Blow Hard” radio and Fox’s “Bullshit Slinging” talking heads reading cue cards.

    This was a fact that he never admitted to himself much less to others for his lack of knowledge elementary math.

    By the way, Sepp was found lying and embellishing his military service. A delusional “Wanna Be.”

    I have found this to be the truthful facts of the mindset of those claiming Tea Party viewpoints based on ignorance and apathy of their ignorance.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer of Knowledge!
      Ahhh yes, good ol’ Sepp. I’ve read his mindless diatribes in other blogs. The fact that he’s a wannabe isn’t surprising. These teabaggers wannabe rich and admire those who are stepping all over them instead of reviling them; they wannabe experts on economics and global politics but are clueless on both; and they spend their life in a Walter Mitty-esque fantasy land. Won’t last much longer, though: come 2013, all but a tiny handful of them will be extinct, properly relegated to the scrap heap of history!

  10. Jack,
    This is what I love about the few blogs I follow as I require a higher level of intelligence and knowledge in my discussions. Here is the perfect example with your mentioning the fictional character in James Thurber’s short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and his constant fantasy world with brief snatches of reality life.

    As most Teabaggers (or whatever name they should go by at any given time and moment) live in the exact same fantasy life with only a brief lucidity of reality, I am sure that many claiming Tea Party or Patriot fantasy mantle have no idea the meaning of the character “Walter Mitty.

    Yea, NOT A CLUE!!!

  11. “As most Teabaggers (or whatever name they should go by at any given time . . .”
    Republican extremists is what they really are. The “tea party” brand is a concoction of Dick Armey’s D.C. PR/lobbying/dirty tricks operation.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks for pointing that out. By any token, they are a phony, conjured-up astroturfed creation begun and funded by big money, and are the most unruly and destructive force ever unleashed on our government. They will NOT last!

  12. “Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H.L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”
    —President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954
    Ike was right, of course, about these people being “stupid.” Unfortunately, it appears he was wrong about them being “negligible” in number. After all, what he was describing is pretty much the view of the vast majority of Republicans these days.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks for pointing that out, Marc.

      It just goes to show how blatantly far right the Republicans have turned since the Eisenhower era. They are no longer conservatives – they have become full-blooded reactionaries, and they are being financed by “economic royalists” (an FDR phrase) like the despicable Koch brothers who are, in my book, guilty of sedition and belong in jail.This is anti-American behavior and it must be CRUSHED at the ballot box in 2012!

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