The Perpetual Class Warfare Campaign

monopolyAs the Obama administration and the Democratic Party prepare once again to campaign on the “issue” of income inequality (this time for the 2014 midterm elections), the irony of their efforts is impossible to ignore.

After all, President Obama has been peddling the class warfare rhetoric since before he ever took office. You would think that after five years in the White House, and signing numerous new economic policies into law, he’d by now be able to demonstrate at least some sort of success in his crusade against the widening income gaps in this country.

But we haven’t heard that. We just keep hearing the president talk about the unfairness of that nasty income inequality thing, and how something needs to be done about it – for the good of the country, of course.

There’s a reason why the rhetoric is so empty. It’s because it’s nothing more than a political strategy – one that can only work when the economy remains weak.

You see, if our country had a healthy employment situation, strong economic growth, wages that weren’t stagnant, and healthcare costs that were under control, people in the middle class simply wouldn’t care that wealthy people are getting richer faster than they are. It wouldn’t be something they’d spend two minutes thinking about.

Why? Because someone else’s financial gain isn’t a detriment to their own financial situations.

In prosperous times, people understand that. They understand that it’s not rich, wealthy people that are the cause of their hardships. They understand that the success of people who are successful doesn’t come at the expense of people who are unsuccessful.

In prosperous times, people understand that their wealth isn’t taken from them by the private sector. The government takes people’s wealth, doing so through taxation. The private sector provides products and services that people can willingly choose to purchase.

But when people are unhappy with their lives – when they’ve fallen on tough times and can’t find their footing – they’re prone to feelings of envy and resentment. And that envy and resentment has perhaps been the best thing going for the Democratic party in the era of Obama.

In the absence of a strong economy, Democratic politicians have found unquestionable success in stoking such emotions in Americans, and doing so through the mechanism of class warfare.

It’s not that the Democratic party is trying to keep the economy from succeeding, for their own political gain. That would be foolish. The problem is that their economic policies just don’t work, and so they’re forced to perpetually campaign against the byproducts of their own failed leadership.

Several years into a recovery that the administration often talks up as being significant, they’re still pleading for “emergency” extensions of unemployment benefits, printing money at a mind-numbing pace, and keeping interest rates artificially low. Those things aren’t done in a healthy economy.

Six years after the Great Recession began, there are 13 more million Americans in the country but 1.3 million fewer jobs. If the labor force participation rate was the same today as it was back then, today’s unemployment rate would be 11.3%. That’s  not the sign of a healthy economy.

The truth is that the Obama economy, to the surprise of many, does work for some people: The very rich. It just doesn’t work for the middle-class and the poor – the very demographics the Democratic party claims to be the champion-protectors of.

There’s a reason for what we’re seeing.

When you flood industries with regulations and uncertainty, and make it harder for them to do business (as this administration has done), the survivors in those industries will always be the giants who have the resources to navigate through the bureaucracies, lobby the right politicians for exemptions, and hire fleets of lawyers to discover beneficial loopholes. They also have the luxury of being able to trim back their workforce and still be as productive as before (bad news for the middle class). Smaller businesses don’t have all of these advantages, and so they take the hit. They struggle to get by and in many cases, go out of business (more bad news for the middle class). Then, the larger companies excel because they suddenly have less competition to contend with. With less competition, employees don’t have to be paid competitive wages (even more bad news for the middle class). For those reasons, again to the surprise of many, big corporations are the ones thriving under this president.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good thing when anyone is doing well in an economy like this. It’s a good thing when the stock market is where it’s at right now. But the Democrats aren’t running on a pro-big-business platform. They’re campaigning on the issue of income inequality.

When you brush aside all of the political rhetoric and spin, and judge President Obama by the results of his own governance (which seems like a pretty fair thing to do five years into his presidency), the reality is that the income gap between the rich and the middle class has widened significantly during his tenure – not narrowed. In fact, it has grown four times faster under Obama than it did under George W. Bush – the man liberals told us for eight years was only interested in lining the pockets of Wall Street.From a Dead Sleep by John A. Daly

Thus, the idea that President Obama and his party would have the audacity to run on the self-tailored issue of income inequality is absolutely absurd. They are the ultimate perpetrators of income inequality in this country today, precisely because their policies only work for those who can afford to survive them.

Don’t think, however, that the Democratic party will acknowledge that inconvenient truth anytime soon, especially with few people pointing it out to the public. We’ll hear them beat the “income inequality” drum all the way until November. And if it provides them with enough Obamacare cover to save them the U.S. Senate, we’ll see it used all the way to 2016.

The nice thing about campaigning against the results of your own failed policies is that you’ll never be left without a platform.

 

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • T Ko

    Obama made a pledge to work towards the redistribution of wealth in America, and he has done that very faithfully.

    § Rich democrat supporters of Obama have received billions of dollars
    ▁▁ in government contracts.
    § Democrat politicians have profited from purchasing stocks in various
    ▁▁ companies that were granted government contracts.
    § Insurance companies have received government-backed guarantees for future
    ▁▁ sales, coupled with legislatively secured bailout provisions that are intended
    ▁▁ to provide operating security regardless of future market changes.

  • Wheels55

    The only income equality we will ever achieve is for people to have the same opportunities to better themselves. Not the same KIND of opportunities, but the opportunity to work hard and get promoted, to find a way to get re-educated, the ability to relocate where there are better jobs. We all have these things in this country. Some have more with Affirmative Action and hiring quotas.

    All the above is why the rich stay rich. They were smart enough to figure this stuff out before and will always be able to do so, even if they relocate their businesses overseas.

    It’s the personal responsibility part that the left just can’t understand.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    I watched Candy Crowley on CNN interview the Governor of Maryland. It’s like he read your article then went on CNN to refute it. I can scarcely believe the man could actually run a popcorn stand. All problems he says can be solved by growing the economy? No sh*t Sherlock. What a unique idea. I know, all together now, lets “grow the economy” (and perhaps sing “when you wish upon a star…” ). He did however have a solution? What we need is more demand? If only folks wanted more stuff, we’d all be rich? His solution to more demand? Give folks more money? Wow????? Let’s get them printing presses rolling. Let’s face it you magical thinking morons, demand can’t be, well, you know, demanded. I mean who doesn’t want more stuff. Rich, middle class, or poor, we’d all buy more stuff if we had the MONEY. And money in a free market system doesn’t comes from Governments, it comes from an individuals production. Production that Obama and the Governor of Maryland are smothering to death. Take a kid who’s a real go getter. Mows his neighbors lawns through high school, saves, and invests. Graduates college debt free, and with 100 references gets 15 high paying job offers. Not gonna happen. This now violates OSHA requirements and minimum wage laws (along with another trillion regs) Now for some controversial stuff. Being an employer myself, I won’t hire folks who have been out of work for more than a few months. (typically over 10) Why? Because I know there always some jobs available at the lower end of the spectrum. As well I’ll accept a person with a great reference who volunteered full time while they were looking. (and I mean full time) One inescapable truth is, if your not willing to work for what the market offers you today, you will NOT make a good employee. You intend to only be an asset for yourself, not for the company that hires you. What we see today are NOT free markets. Yet the media (and Maryland Governors) still blame a capitalism they themselves are inventing. (that is our economy is becoming anything BUT a free market).

  • Bob Olden

    Was it Lincoln who said, “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”? I want to believe that this is true, but my sense is that the left is successful at fooling most of the people most of the time, especially with the help of the liberal media, universities, organized labor, etc. The whole class warfare thing is such a sham, it seems to me that it insults the intelligence in a free society. And what is pointed out here about Obama causing the gap to widen even more (can you give more specifics, John?) totally undermines all his rhetoric of trying to reduce income inequality.

    If someone is fooled by the “class warfare dialectic”, that person is a fool, indeed. I would add to the famous quote above, “…and fools are people who fooled pretty much all of the time no matter how much evidence there is that what they believe is foolishness.”

  • Paul Courtney

    John: Indeed, with one caveat: Never say never. So long as the networks and newspapers are owned, run, and staffed by 80-90% progs, favored politicians and programs get a pass. War on inequality, like War on Women, will not be exposed as pure baloney (and, as you predict, will be recycled) until new blood somehow arrives. But nothing lasts forever, eh?

  • steelerdan

    Very well said Mr. Daly. It is Not the responsibility of the government to create
    income equality.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Thanks steelerdan.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    class warfare and victimization
    From Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., M.D. ‘‘The Liberal Mind The Psychological Causes of Political Madness’’ 2006. (Note: pre-Obama)

    Page 374-375
    QUOTE
    …a society organized under radical liberalism comes into immediate conflict with the bipolar nature of man and with the rights, laws and duties needed for human beings to live in peace and freedom. Rather than coordinating the life of the individual citizen with the institutions of his society, radical liberalism sets individuals and institutions into perpetual conflict with each other through its rhetoric of class warfare and victimization, its violations of personal freedom through confiscatory taxation and invasive regulation, its attacks on family integrity, and the endless bungling of government bureaucracy.
    UNQUOTE
    “bungling of government bureaucracy” Naaaaaaaaaaa, not here in the USA!!

  • DanB_Tiffin

    Warring Classes
    From Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., M.D. ‘‘The Liberal Mind The Psychological Causes of Political Madness’’ 2006. (Note: pre-Obama)
    Page 311
    QUOTE
    In favor of various collective causes, modern liberalism has succeeded in displacing the individual from his rightful position as the primary economic, social and political unit of society. It has undermined the sanctity of marriage and the cohesiveness of the family. It has undermined the natural harmony that exists between individual, family and community. It has weakened the obligations of promises, contracts, ownership and property rights. It has disconnected rewards from merit and desert. It has corrupted the moral and ethical basis for civilized living. It has polarized the population into warring classes with false claims of victimization and villainy and contrived needs for political rescue. With enormous growth beyond the definition of government and its functions set forth in the U.S. Constitution, modern American liberalism has created the idealized parental and administrative state and endowed it with vast managerial, caretaking and regulatory powers. History records the inevitable result of such expansions of government power: individual liberty and the peaceful coordination of human action are severely compromised or lost altogether.
    UNQUOTE

  • tarmac 492

    Good article, John. I totally agree. I truly believe the only way people in the middle class can excel is when the free market is thriving and competition between business is fierce. I am single, live in NY(Long Island to be exact). I work for a fairly large company that employs over 10k people worldwide and I am in the 70k-100k income bracket. Where I live this is middle class, probably lower middle class actually. What Dems don’t understand is that when you regulate businesses, tax the wealthy even more, it does nothing to help those under them. The CEO and business owners will never, ever, ever take less money when faced with crushing taxes or stifling regulations. They withhold that from their employees, stop hiring, lay off people. I believe the only way people in the middle class(non -union jobs anyway) can excel is by either having the company they work for pay them what they deserve, or being able to find a competitor who is willing to give that person the proper salary. Maybe my argument is a simpleton’s argument, but I believe it is true. And just a matter of human nature. Those who don’t want to work in a competitive market should seek out govt jobs.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Thanks Tarmac. And your point about large corporations having the ability to tighten up their belts through big layoffs is something I really should have included in my column. Thanks for bringing it up.

      Competition keeps an economy healthy. A competitive market is the best thing for middle class America.

  • Gratefulconservative

    Excellent article, John. All Republicans and Conservatives need to repeat, repeat, and keep repeating what you wrote about; the democrats are campaigning against their own failed policies, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Thanks.

      • D Parri

        JD, can you tell me why I no longer have voting privileges? I.e., Like & Dislikes are no longer registered when I make them. Have I been locked out of that? If so, why?

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          I’m guessing there was just a lag. It’s working fine for me right now. How about you now?

          • D Parri

            It’s not working. I will give you an upvote, change articles, and come back…let’s see…