Tax policies favoring the rich have been going on for years. Why not make defending non-rich America an issue?
Discussion about rescuing America’s imperiled non-wealthy classes should happen much more than it does. What would happen if the subject were to be brought front and center into discussions relating to tax rates?
I’m not referring to the oft-repeated right-wing nostrum that cutting taxes is the only way to create domestic jobs. US economic history suggests the exact opposite is true. Our economic booms have happened during times when rich folks were being taxed at rates much higher than the rates they now pay. Still the greed-driven mantra continues.
The next time someone like John Boehner suggests that Democrats are inappropriately raising the issue of class, President Obama should seize the moment to further justify the plan he now has on the table. For the last 10 years, the standard of living for most Americans has been declining while that of the very rich has been rising.
For years Republicans have spent money to fight wars without worrying about how to pay for them. They were also simultaneously sabotaging Medicare, the Post Office, FEMA and other agencies with the idea that they would cut them when they could offer the “we’re broke” excuse. That would create more wealth generating opportunities for already bloated investor class folks to become even richer. Deliberately enacting this agenda would accurately be termed “The Raw Deal”. What else would we expect from a Congress dominated by corporate lobbyists.
Unfortunately people not affluent enough to hire lobbyists have been left out of much of the public discourse. Neither the Republican Party nor the Tea Party have any true populists representing the economic interests of ordinary citizens.
Now is the time for Democrats and the President to re-assert their roles as the true champions of everyday American working people. We have long since left the time for bi-partisan negotiating behind us. It’s time to insist on a job creation as a necessary pre-condition for any favorable tax treatment for corporations.
It’s also time to follow Warren Buffett’s suggestion to stop coddling the rich. They don’t need it. We can’t afford it. We’re broke! Remember?