Obama’s Desperate Class Warfare Attack
The Obama campaign has made it clear that they will run this whole election on class warfare. Instead of focusing on Obama’s dismal record, they want Americans to resent Mitt Romney for being successful. The latest version of this has been a non-stop focus on the fact that Romney has put a small amount of his own money into a Swiss bank account.
The key here is that the Obama campaign isn’t claiming Romney is doing anything illegal or corrupt, but just that he is doing something that is typical of wealthy individuals. In fact, it is very likely that many of Obama’s rich donors and supporters have similar accounts. The claims he is hiding something are absolute nonsense as the only reason we know about these accounts is that Romney declared them on his tax returns in the first place.
Furthermore, how is a President that had several cabinet nominees that failed to pay their fair share in taxes complaining about Romney using legitimate loopholes to limit his tax liability? If you think there is something wrong with these types of accounts, then fix the tax system that allows them. But don’t demonize the individuals who legally take advantage of them. Those individuals are no different than every other American that takes advantage of numerous deductions when filing their own tax returns.
This has been a typical pattern with this President. President Obama demonized Wall Street, while raking in massive donations from them. He demonized Super PAC’s, and then started embracing his own. He proposed the gimmick that was the Buffet Rule to pretend that our budget problems could be solved by taking more from America’s job creators. Barack Obama, who has had more fundraisers than the past 6 presidents combined, seems to consistently only really oppose rich people if they are Republicans.
Americans want to achieve wealth, we don’t want to resent or envy it. This tactic of promoting jealousy and envy between classes to win votes is the antithesis of what the American dream is about. In 2008, Obama ran as a uniter, now his whole campaign strategy is based on dividing Americans.
With unemployment remaining at above 8% and the economy lagging, I understand why the Obama campaign is resorting to such desperate measures. However, voters shouldn’t reward a candidate for trying to divide us. At the end of the day, I believe Americans will care much more about what Obama does with our money than what Mitt Romney does with his own. I hope that I am proven right in November.