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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Choosing sides in the class war

It turns out that Mitt Romney was right. There is class warfare being waged in the 2012 campaign. It is Mr. Romney who is waging it, not President Obama, and he’s stood the whole idea on its head.  [New York Times
 Romney was videotaped at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in Boca Raton, FL, last May when these unambiguous words of his were recorded:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.
[The entire video can be viewed here.]

Conservatives bristle at any mention of the gross inequities that the corporatocracy has managed to build into the economic system since the 1980s as the upper five percent garners more and more of the nation's wealth and earnings.  Romney clearly articulated the thinking that drives this appropriation of wealth and exerted program to diminish the middle class.  By those who  subscribe and defend his words, you know who the real enemies of freedom, equality, and justice are.

It seems the time has come to choose sides and engage the real fight.   

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