More Class Warfare to Come in Presidential Campaign
It was going to happen anyway, but
Meanwhile Romney, with the Republican presidential nomination within his grasp, continues to offer himself as Mr. Fix-it on the economy. He repeatedly cites his private-sector experience as he pivots from the exhausting fight for
Whether class warfare is the rich taking advantage of the poor, as the Democrats paint the issue, or the poor enviously blaming the hard-working rich, as the Republican like to define it, the stage is set for another rerun of the debate that has fueled both parties at least since the days of FDR's New Deal.
Well before then, the progressive notions of Republican President
Decades later, however, the Democrats laid claim with a vengeance to the class warfare argument. In the midst of the Great Depression, as
One of the great boasts of Democrats under the New Deal was that Roosevelt's avalanche of new federal work programs had been a major factor in the creation and sustaining of a broad middle class in American society. Subsequent versions from
Spurred by the aggressiveness of
Ever since then -- up to today's
In the Reagan and Bush years, Republican politicians successfully peddled the notion that most Americans wanted nothing more than to join the rich higher up the economic ladder. They cited extensive stock-market investment by the non-rich, particularly among blue-collar workers. Americans, they insisted, had become less envious of the rich as they saw a chance of being part of them someday.
But with the subsequent market collapse that clobbered middle-class investors, the old notion of class warfare -- the rich taking advantage of the poor -- has been revived. Exhibit A continues to be the
Obama's strategists, meanwhile, have seized the opportunity to make
If Mitt had been the son of a blue-collar worker and not of the son of an auto-making tycoon, his huge success in business would be serving him better right now. Instead, he is "cursed" by being unable to say, as Obama boasts, "I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth." And so the class warfare will go on.
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