This is an update on my article about 60 Minutes. In it, I talked almost exclusively about Romney. There was part of the Obama interview that made me cringe. It wasn’t that I didn’t know it already, but I hate to hear it.
Despite the hysterical conservative claims that he is a socialist, President Obama is a New Democrat. That means: a Democrat who doesn’t care that much about poor people. Don’t get me wrong, Romney would be oh so much worse. But as Dante showed us, not all levels of hell are equally bad. America now has two political parties that are dedicated to the interests of the economic elite. The primary difference between them is that one is also fascistic on social issues and the other is slightly less fascistic on economic issues.
Obama has made it very clear that he would like to “reform” entitlements. This is a nice “inside the Beltway” manner of saying, “Screw the poor and middle class.” This was well on display during Sunday’s interview on 60 Minutes. Steve Kroft asked, “How are you going to get [the Republicans] to change their minds and make this deal?” President Obama replied:
This is a really vile statement. He says that he is willing to make students pay more for school, the elderly to pay more for healthcare, and the poor to lose healthcare altogether (?) but he at least wants a tiny tax increase on the rich.
Let’s be clear: the poor and middle class have paid enough! The last 35 years have seen a huge redistribution from the poor and middle classes to the rich. It is not time for shared sacrifices. The 90% in this country have shouldered too much of the burden these last several decades. First, we get the rich to start paying for a proper share of the government. (Enforcing labor laws might help too.) Then, maybe we’ll see real incomes of the lower classes increase. Finally, we can talk about “shared sacrifice.”