Class Warfare. The President has perfected his attack on rich people with his shameless call to increase taxes by 5 percent on the wealthy. He wants to use these funds to pay for his $447 billion jobs package. While he claims more jobs will be created, his tax plan will fail if implemented. To create more jobs, it makes absolutely no sense to increase taxes on the job creators. The “rich” will simply cut back their spending, lay off employees from their businesses and pass on the extra costs to the struggling consumers of America. It is obvious that this plan is nonsense, but the President does not care if it is passed or not. He just wants to use it as a campaign weapon against the GOP. Obama knows very well that in these recessionary times there are millions of lower and middle income people who can only dream of being rich. The President will try to make these voters resentful of the wealthy. He will also try to motivate the masses to blame the wealthy for the poor economy and distract voters from his administration’s horrible economic record. If his deflect and distract “wag the dog” strategy succeeds, he could very well win re-election even with a high unemployment rate.
- Demonize the Republican opponent. The President, his team and willing allies in the media will denigrate the GOP nominee throughout the campaign. They will paint the Republican candidate as an extremist, sexist, homophobe, racist, who will “turn back the clock.” It will not matter to the Democratic attack machine if the GOP nominee is a RINO, moderate or conservative. The effort will be simple, acknowledge that things are bad now, but stress that if a Republican is elected, it will be a total disaster for the country. The whole campaign will be an updated economic version of the 1964 “Daisy” commercial which warned that if Republican Barry Goldwater was elected, there might be a nuclear Armageddon. In this election, Obama will stress that if the Republican is elected, there will be an economic Armageddon.
So, the road to re-election for President Obama will be paved with crass tactics such as class warfare and demonizing his opponent. He cannot “blame Bush” any longer because the American people no longer will tolerate that lame excuse. He cannot run on his record because it is so lousy. In almost every economic category, our country is in worse shape today than when Obama took office. In fact, the President will not even try to defend a 9.1 percent unemployment rate and all of the other economic ills. In a recent ABC interview he admitted that Americans are worse off today than four years ago.
With such limited options, the President will return to his roots as a community organizer and Saul Alinsky disciple. From his days on the streets of Chicago, President Obama knows how to mobilize protests. It is no coincidence that the “Occupy Wall Street” protests are gaining momentum across the country right as he is gearing up for re-election. In reality, these protesters are campaign workers for President Obama. Note that in his recent press conference, the President spoke fondly of the group’s goals, making a blatant attempt to co-opt their unfocused anger at the rich, corporations and Wall Street. While he disparaged the tea party movement, Obama is clearly siding with a group of demonstrators who are getting arrested on a regular basis.
The President’s only chance at re-election is to divide this nation even more than exists today. He will continue to pit rich against poor, black against white, and Democrat against Republican. It is a very sad and troubling strategy from a President who promised hope and change, but delivered nothing but despair and destruction. The Republican nominee will need to be strong and principled and able to withstand a blistering attack from Obama and media allies. This candidate will also have to effectively communicate an agenda in stark contrast to Obama’s bleak vision.
The next election could very well the most important one is the history of our nation. Voters will have a choice whether to continue down the road of class warfare, high taxation, massive government growth and unsustainable national debts or make the hard decisions necessary to save our economy.
In the next election, Americans will have to decide whether to continue down the road to complete ruin or turn right down the road of salvation.
Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at [email protected].
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