On yesterday's Fox & Friends, guest John Tamny revived Mitt Romney's "47%" slur on working Americans by declaring that we are "blessed" by "the efforts of the relatively few" and the "one percent.
As I wrote in my post on Crooks and Liars, although the election could be seen as a referendum on Americans’ support for the middle class, Fox has spent the days since then waging class warfare in an effort to paint Obama voters as welfare queens just looking for more stuff. Besides smearing the left, the aim is to cut spending on social programs and continue the tax cuts for the wealthiest. So it was no surprise that Tamny's open adulation was met with open approval of the Fox host. Here's what Tamny said about the Bush tax cuts:
My guess is that they’re actually going to get some sort of extension of the Bush tax cuts. And that’s very good for the economy, lest we forget we are blessed by the efforts of the relatively few. That one percent is Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com CEO), that’s Fred Smith of FedEx, that’s the late Steve Jobs (of Apple).
This is the aspect that I find it hard to believe they’re not getting. As these people are not total idiots, I can only conclude that they’re lying knowingly and that’s offensive as all get out.
Further, the majority of today’s one percenters don’t make anything to sell, only cash which they tuck away in off-shore accounts to avoid paying taxes. How those people could be construed to be potential “job creators” beats me.
The world has changed but some (most?) republicans haven’t bothered to notice. In his entry on the day after the election (which Obama W-O-N: sprinkles salt on wounds) Nate Silver had an interesting take on how slim the chances of Republicans are likely to be in 2016 and 2020.
I just love it when the Republican stooges talk about changing their messages not their core principles.
To paraphrase someone not normally given to insightfulness: Is that just opinions you state as a Republican to make yourself feel better?
The 99% should just do what ever the 1% wants – sorta like the ruling class in any great aristocracy demands.