President Obama’s most recent weekly address just got super-condescending. Now to be fair, president Obama is almost always super-condescending, so his latest little speech shouldn’t surprise us for its condescension. What is surprising is his utter disregard for math and his decision to speak like we live in a world where money can be used as a form of payment but we apparently have endless amounts of it.
In this latest little chat, the President lays out how we can keep our economy growing while also making it more fair for the middle class. He lays out the very many different free things that we should all have, and he does it all without explaining how we will actually PAY for these free things.
He also falsely states that his plan is very similar to how we made our nation thrive in the past century… and that is patently false. The truth of the matter is that over the past century it was far easier for the wealthy to make money — and that is what drove our brilliant economy. Yes, the wealth disparity may be greater today than ever before, but over the last twenty years, our middle class was also wealthier than it had ever been before.
Again, I confront the ridiculous liberal notion that the rich getting richer is a bad thing. If the rich are getting richer, and the middle class and poor are also getting richer… then how can it be a bad thing? I don’t mind if the rich get richer faster than I get richer… as long as I also get richer. Democrats are waging a war on the wealthy, but we the middle class are the main casualties in the battle. By hurting the rich they are killing the middle class.
At a moment when our economy is growing, our businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, and wages are starting to rise again, we have to make some choices about the kind of country we want to be.
Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead?
That was the focus of my State of the Union Address – middle-class economics. The idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.
This week, I will send a budget to Congress that’s built on those values.
We’ll help working families’ paychecks go farther by treating things like paid leave and child care like the economic priorities that they are. We’ll offer Americans of every age the chance to upgrade their skills so they can earn higher wages, with plans like making two years of community college free for every responsible student. And we’ll keep building the world’s most attractive economy for high-wage jobs, with new investments in research, infrastructure, manufacturing, and expanded access to faster internet and new markets.
We can afford to make these investments. Since I took office, we’ve cut our deficits by about two-thirds – the fastest sustained deficit reduction since just after the end of World War II. We just have to be smarter about how we pay for our priorities, and that’s what my budget does. It proposes getting rid of special interest loopholes in our tax code, and using those savings to cut taxes for middle-class families and reward businesses that invest in America. It refuses to play politics with our homeland security, and funds our national security priorities at home and abroad. And it undoes the arbitrary, across-the-board budget cuts known as “the sequester” for our domestic priorities, and matches those investments dollar-for-dollar in resources our troops need to get the job done.
Now, I know that there are Republicans in Congress who disagree with my approach. And like I said in my State of the Union Address, if they have ideas that will help middle-class families feel some economic security, I’m all in to work with them. But I will keep doing everything I can to help more working families make ends meet and get ahead. Not just because we want everyone to share in America’s success – but because we want everyone to contribute to America’s success.
That’s the way the middle class thrived in the last century – and that’s how it will thrive again.
No, Mr. President, that’s the way to throttle the middle class and destroy a nation.
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