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This Was the First Class Warfare Election of Our Gilded Age -- and the Middle Class Won Big


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: ethics, republicans, elections, class warfare, politics, obama, propaganda )

Cal
- 652 days ago - alternet.org
"God, guns and gays" didn't work this time. The tricks used to divide working people and counter populist appeals backfired.



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TomCat S. (286)
Friday November 16, 2012, 7:48 am
That's true, no matter how much Republicans claim the opposite.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Friday November 16, 2012, 7:54 am
I always have though that this goes back to the Reagan days. And in some ways it does. But remember too that the term "class warfare " was used in the past four years by Republicans claiming that Obama was calling for this. YIKES.

It is true that Romney really did fight for the 1% rather than the people. In the past, at least the Republican candidate would talk about lowering taxes (or whatever) as being good for everyone. Not true this time.

Thanks for the article Cal.
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Friday November 16, 2012, 8:30 am
I think some Republicans have received the message but time will tell whether enough of them have. The party is still being dragged down by extremists.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday November 16, 2012, 9:38 am
Actually, many of them have NOT accepted the truth....maybe never will. They're so deep in denial that they can't see the truth!
 

Gene Jacobson (251)
Friday November 16, 2012, 1:02 pm
"Many factors contributed. Republicans learned once more the shortcomings of a stale, male, pale, Southern-based party in a nation of diversity. The GOP “legitimate rape” caucus helped give away two Senate seats. But too little attention has been paid to the new emerging reality. This was the first class warfare election of the new Gilded Age — and the middle class won big."

That really IS the message of this campaign. Except maybe for the part where Mitt ran the most disorganized, disconnected, no message campaign in history. But truth be told, the solid white vote has been declining by 3 to 4% every year since 1992 and this was no exception. In short order, the white vote will be a minority, not the majority of votes cast. And Republican's do NOT automatically get white votes as it is, most of the middle class whites I know, including me, supported the President. The good news is that the republican party is blissfully still unaware of the changing demographic and Mitt explained just yesterday how the 47% betrayed him because of all the "gifts" they were given by the President and that's the only reason he lost. Lets hope they keep thinking like that, cuz if they do, that mean spirited, women, glbt, minority and everyone who isn't part of the 1% hating party will have no membership at all beyond the religious bigots and the billionaires. Who don't seem to mind throwing their money away on lost causes as long as none of it goes to actually help anyone else. So, let 'em keep at it. We'll be rid of them all the sooner...
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday November 16, 2012, 4:19 pm
Yes, this class warfare was initiated by the wealthiest 1% long ago. As they take more and more from the middle-class, and wealth TRICKLES UP, they must've hoped we didn't notice. Foolish? Nope, I think they just didn't care and pushed anything they could get away with. As their success became bloated under Dubya, the big pushback began from Progressives and others. Although the GOP realized they pushed too far, they're willing to go for "all or nothing" as we noticed with all the secession petitions. Now, we just have to beware of the Blue Dog wing of the Dem party in Congress, they are Corporatists willing to compromise with Republicans rather than listen to their own constituents.
 

Carrie B. (309)
Friday November 16, 2012, 8:08 pm
Sorry if I am off topic here, but I really hope Obama goes down in history as not just the "First Black President in American History", but the president who dug us out of a devastating and debilitating recession. The president who believed in the middle class and did all he could to help them as well as the very poor and elderly.

President Obama is, in my opinion, one of the truly great presidents in American history.
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday November 16, 2012, 11:16 pm
I hope Obama is remembered accurately as the president who dug the U.S. out of a horrible recession too, but I don't expect it. I don't think either Obama's or Romney's plans would really have worked out:

Romney wanted to eliminate deductions and maintain the same effective tax-rate by lowering the official rate. This would be a smart move as it would reduce compliance-costs, effectively putting a few hundred billion dollars into the economy each year without costing the government a penny. However, without raising the rate, he would have depended upon a growing economy (bringing more tax-dollars and demanding less welfare) to address the deficit. With the current state of the global economy, that wasn't going to happen. His only really original foreign-policy idea, to establish free trade with Latin America, ignored the rampant corruption there and its effect on businesses that try to access those markets.

Obama. on the other hand, is pushing for more regulation, which is what has created a lot of the U.S. economy's major problems. The trouble is that the government is a point-failure source for the entire economy so unintended consequences of a regulation can be disastrous, and the more regulations there are, the more chances there are for a mistake or bad interaction. I can trace the housing bubble to the CRA. The student-debt and lack of social mobility, and arguably even some of the trouble in high schools come from rules regarding testing for hiring job-applicants. Much of the other trouble in K-12 education come from excessively complex regulations for schools (which get money diverted from teaching to administrators' whose job it is to navigate the regulations). The economic loss from outsourcing comes, at least partly, from the capital patriation-tax. I could go on if anyone wants. The sad part is that in each of these cases, the trouble is almost exactly what the regulations were supposed to oppose.

Essentially, I don't think the middle class won this one and, looking at the long-term consequences, I doubt that the poor did either. Nobody was going to do terribly well either way, but I expect the government to do more damage under Obama.
 

John S. (301)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 3:39 am
I think that his win means that the time to actually govern has arrived.
 

Rita White (1)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 2:29 pm
It is too early to tell if the middle class won big. But at least the 1% did not win. My wish is that Mr Obama can heal and bridge this nation of this class warfare. The truth is he can't by himself. We as a united people must heal ourselves with love and empathy for one another. Not all republicans are evil and not all democrats are wonderful.
 
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