From obstructionists and birthers to haters and hurters
The Kansas City Star
Circa 2010, The Town “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later and we’re gonna hurt some people.” Ben Affleck’s, Doug MacRay; criminal lead.
“Whose car we takin?” Jeremy Renner’s, James Coughlin; criminal cohort.
Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif. ) House Majority Whip reportedly showed this clip to his Republican colleagues to exhort them to vote against raising the debt ceiling. To get their support Democrats must make intractable concessions beginning with but not limited to the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act and a Presidential agreement to sign a balanced budget amendment.
The former puts for-profit not-people insurers as health care arbiters. The latter would likely seek to balance the budget on the backs of those on benefits from veterans, medicare and social security to disability and unemployment, to relief funds for natural disaster victims and school grants or loans to name a few safety nets and entitlements. Like a trapezist’s net—mostly everyday people self-described as the 99 percenters—will look to these safety net tax driven benefits should they fall from grace, seek payroll based entitlements or access an obligation for service to a grateful nation These everyday people will be hurt.
As impoverished as The Joads from the pages of “The Grapes Of Wrath.” The Joads—the 99 percenters not voting the interest of the one percenters is described as class warfare. Seldom do the one-percenters describe themselves as plutocrats and the ever widening income gap between the haves and have-nots as the road to oligarchy.
But why should these fat cats be so insightful? Anytime one can get those who sit in the bleachers to follow as gospel the words of those who sit in the box suites—that’s great messaging. In play in this messaging are buzz word bonanzas for those as penuries as Job’s Turkey to the Noblesse Oblige. Most have heard some that work for the government and have the attendant benefits say “government can’t create jobs.” Indeed, for all government employees—local, state, federal, elected, appointed—there ought to be a mawkish nonsense to such suppositions.
To give main street credibility to such suppositions they are attached to concepts and linked to terms such as un-American—which translates into: the opposition party’s perspective; Socialist—may be elsewhere described as a seeker of fairness; apologetic and appeasement—can be deciphered into diplomacy and non-war monger; job creators—becomes a short euphemism for the one-percenters who will not be asked to pay more taxes clique which morphed into refuse to pay my fair share tax untouchables. Likewise, class warfare—damn right indeed there is. Bring it; the antagonists are the few haves battling the many have-nots.
For tax purpoes the Maginot Line is $250,000 those above it being asked to pay at the Clinton era rates those below will have no rate increase. Most of the complainants appear as obstructionists, birthers, haters and hurters. And like this columnist not an economist.
Pro-union interest group supporters may be told by minions of business barons to shut-up and thank masters so they can pay you what, when and if they want; bi-partisanship: plays out as disloyal opposition metamorphosed into an uncompromising TEA Party with bully myopic intractability and my way or the highway dicta.
Similarly, overregulation—becomes apologies to multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporations such as BP petroleum that did pollute the environment and cause individual financial harm. Apologist Rep Joe Barton (R. Tex). Barton characterized the compensation provided to those harmed by the Gulf Coast oil spill as “a $20 billion shakedown.”
While health care—ostensibly a right—in first world developed countries with very high economic indices enacted under the Affordable Health Care Act became pejoratively described as Obama Care. With those who oppose the act in a GOP camp portrayed by former Rep. Alan Grayson (D. Fla.) with their three-part health care answer as: Part one, don’t get sick; Part two, however, you may get sick with or without insurance; Part three, in that event DIE quickly.
Consternation from the Noblesse Oblige—asking them to pay more at the tax trigger increase of $250,000 yearly or more—that oblige them to pay at the Clinton Administration balanced budget rates is understandable (roughly four (4) percent more in the current effective income tax from 35% to 39.6%). For those middle class workers making less than the tax increase trigger, perhaps more or less than $25,000 yearly—those that most benefit from largesse—to rail against tax equity is unfortunate.
It’s one observation to be involuntary put in The Hurt Locker © Summit Entertainment–it’s another to open the door and give the jailers the key. Indeed, there is a lobbyist for the little man.