Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Showing a little class

Doing a little figurin' here... our country is deep in debt.  The president is asking that millionaires who have made fortunes in this country step up and chip in a little more when the tax plate is passed around.  

The way Sen. Mitch McConnell (R, KY) acts, you'd think that Mr Obama wanted to take away his blowdryer or something. He's the minority leader in the Senate, the King of all Republican senators, and he said that if the president is feeling guilty about being rich himself, he should "send in a check."  

This idea of taxing the rich came from the richest of the rich, Mr Richie Rich himself, Warren Buffett, who, with his personal wealth in excess of yours, mine and the next 20 people you're going to meet, points out that his secretary pays taxes at a higher rate than he does.

"Class warfare!" hollers Rep. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin, head cheese in the House Budget Committee and a guy who looks like that guy from "Glee."  But there can be no glee in the land when Ryan says, "Class warfare… may make for really good politics but it makes a rotten economics. We don’t need a system that seeks to divide people. We don’t need a system that seeks to prey on people’s fear, envy and anxiety.”

Oddly enough, he said this on FOX News Sunday, which comes to you on a network whose very basis and structure are platforms for sowing the seeds of fear, envy and anxiety.  They have a fair and balanced person named Sarah Palin on that network, a woman who sent out campaign literature marking the district of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with crosshairs.  

We all know how that turned out.

FOX News is in business to dole out easily-understood news bits, in non-fancy language, to legions of viewers who appreciate having their opinions delivered every day.  It saves them from forming their own!

But the words of a person I have known for many years keep ringing in my ears on the topic of class warfare.  When the president's plan for universal health care was first discussed, this person said, "If people don't have health insurance, that's their problem.  I can't be worried about helping them.  If they have to die, they have to die."

So who fired the first shot in this war?

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