“Class Warfare”? No Doubt About It
May 16, 2011
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Rep. Paul Ryan is striking back at those who have characterized his budget proposal as “class warfare.” The eloquent Mr. Ryan can use all the fancy phrases he wants but his approach to deficit reduction is based wholly on taking from the poor and middle classes and giving to the rich and the corporations. Period, end of story. Let’s look at a few of this protestations in his speech to the Economic Club of Chicago.
“Playing one group against another only distracts us from the true sources of inequity in this country — corporate welfare that enriches the powerful …”
Yet the Ryan plan reduces all benefits to the unemployed, the poor, the homeless, the sick, retirees, children, students, while offering still more tax breaks to the wealthy and big companies.
Mr.Ryan continues: “if we surrender more control over our economy to the governing class — then we are choosing shared scarcity over renewed prosperity, and managed decline over economic growth. That’s the real class warfare that threatens us: a class of governing elites picking winners and losers…”
But the Ryan plan does exactly that. It establishes federal policies that hugely favor a small number of successful Americans and channels still more wealth to those who are already “winners.” It’s a continuation of the Republican philosophy that says if you’re not successful it’s your fault, you ought to be punished for it and you don’t deserve any help.