Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:25 AM
cal04 (41,266 posts)
President Obama: Congress Must Protect Middle Class
U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday Congress must meet its deadlines and responsibilities and protect the middle class from higher income taxes.
"For the past couple months, I've been working with people in both parties -- with the help of business leaders and ordinary Americans -- to come together around a plan to grow the economy and shrink our deficits," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address.
"It's a balanced plan -- one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way, and ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more. And I'll keep working with anybody who's serious about getting a comprehensive plan like this done -- because it's the right thing to do for our economic growth," the president said.
"In just a couple days, the law says that every American's tax rates are going up. Every American's paycheck will get a lot smaller. And that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy. It would hurt middle-class families, and it would hurt the businesses that depend on your spending."
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Weekly Address: Congress Must Protect the Middle Class from Income Tax Hike
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President Obama: Congress Must Protect Middle Class (Original post)
|Cresent City Kid||Dec 2012||#3|
Response to cal04 (Original post)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 09:45 AM
tavalon (27,359 posts)
1. I am a member of the hallowed middle class
and I would like to say: What about the poor, the homeless, the hungry children? I am tired of being held up as the very epitome of what we must protect - after the rich class, that is.
I don't care about the fucking tax hike. We should be paying our fair share, the richest and the middle class. We are the fortunate few, becoming fewer by the year. Tax us. Feed the hungry children, house the homeless and give the poor a social safety net.
Stop using me and all of the others in that special, special class, the middle class, as your political football. I get that saying "protect the rich" isn't a winning argument, but for me and for many other good and kind people, it's just as heinous that you use us by saying "protect the middle class". We aren't the ones who need protecting. It's the least among us that we must feed and clothe and protect, if Jesus is to be believed.
I believe it was First Lady Michelle Obama who said that we should hold the door open for all. How about, for the New Year, we do that? Really. I don't want to hear about a fiscal cliff and Congress blocking a compromise. I want to hear about how our government is going to stand with us so that all Americans can have the basics of life. Let's start talking about that.
Response to tavalon (Reply #1)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:35 AM
plethoro (594 posts)
2. Best post I've read here in a long time. I
just hope you're reading between the lines in these middle class promotions. I'll pay more tax too if it helps take some of the people who are standing on the corners with Will Work for Food signs off the street. I would like to say more but it is getting rather dangerous.
Response to tavalon (Reply #1)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:41 AM
Cresent City Kid (1,571 posts)
3. You are right
The political center of gravity has been dragged rightward to the point where it's become a pissing contest to see who can be seen as supporting the middle class and the troops the most. Help for the poor is only discussed in terms of how big the cut will be. We can't get anywhere near solving complex problems when proposals for laws that are nearly the same for each party can't even get to the floor for a vote.
Response to KG (Reply #4)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:18 PM
Igel (24,808 posts)
5. No, no.
The middle class is the backbone of America, it's what holds up the country.
It's also got the resilience and combativeness of a nematode in a hothouse, and unless somebody nurtures it, protects it, looks after it, it's going to wither and die quickly. It needs a strong hero to come and save it because it's utterly helpless.
It's called infantilization. It's what makes 22-year-old Americans able to barely bear what a 16-year-old would have been able to handle 160 years ago.
Dostoevskij nailed it: Feed people, alleviate them of reponsibility for difficult choices, and provide them with something to distract them and they're yours. Just make sure that they don't realize that they're kept in swaddling clothes from cradle to coffin.
In the same way we tell those spoiled 14-year-olds that they're essentially grown up even as we keep them from growing up for years longer than they used to.