Monday, April 23, 2012

Frontline of the Class War: "Isn't Work", Silver Spoons, and "Skin in the Game"

The Republicans are right, there is a class war going on in this country. And they're the ones waging it against the middle and working class:
  • It's always awkward when you're running for President on a policy of cutting the budget and lowering taxes and you stage a photo op of you having a picnic with normal average Americans and they beg you to raise taxes so that you don't have to cut the budget.  At least I assume Mitt Romney knows this is awkward.
  • Speaking of raising taxes, Eric Cantor thinks it's time to raise taxes on the poor (while cutting taxes on the rich) because they have it too easy or something.  Rep. Pat Tiberi agrees because the poor need to "have skin in the game."  Now of course by "skin in the game" he isn't referring to actual skin, because not having health insurance, being a paycheck or two away from being homeless, and not being sure how you're going to feed your kids probably is enough to have poor people very concerned about their skin.  And of course he can't actually mean taxes because due to payroll and sales taxes the poor end up with a higher marginal tax rate.  I guess I don't know what Republicans mean when they talk about the poor getting "skin in the game," unless of course they're just trying to build up resentment against those their policies would damage so that the rest of the country doesn't feel bad about hurting them.  But that would be mean.

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