Saturday, April 23, 2011

Race and the Professional Left

If you'd asked me when GWB was president, I likely would have said it may be some about race. If you'd asked me a year into Obama's presidency, I might have said it was maybe more than some about race,. Now, the more I delve into politics and each new day of Obama's presidency, I am getting to the point, if not already there, that it is damn near ALL about race, in one way or another. With class warfare as the wrapping for it all. At least with electoral and governing politics.

The only folks it may not be in that order are the unlikely plutocrats, who only see green, though they surely do send out their culture warriors fixated on black and white and brown etc....

I can't help but think the pro lefters are growing more anti Obama, with more unhinged perceptions of what he has accomplished by comparison to other dem presidents, because each day they see his black face in the WH, is another day of growing discomfort confronting their own prejudice in conflict with their high notions of liberal existence. Whilst not as virulent as the right wing racism, is still racism..

It is the biggest threat to his reelection, I suspect. Not only from firebaggers, but a lot of other Americans uncomfortable having race placed so prominently in their lives with a black president. It will be a contest, whether that discomfort turns to acceptance and some measured enlightenment for potential Obama voters, or too many of them just say fuck it, I want a white face looking at me from the WH. No matter what other factors exist that are rational and beg to differ

Your Easter Weekend Moment of Wingnut Zen

Arthur C Brooks, (I can always spot a wingnut knob slob for the rich, when they use a middle initial) whinges over Obama's rhetoric and proposal to tax rich people. Otherwise known as people with extra cash to tax/ He states the yadda yadda yadda, we got one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, but neglects to tell us we also have the  biggest and most  tax loopholes in the world favoring the wealthy, who often as not, end up paying exactly zero in income tax, even with ginormous profits.

He goes on from there about all the fairness crying foul, and the death of jobs, yadda yadda yadda, from actually making rich people pay more taxes, trickle down blowharding. But someone forgot to edit the Freudian slips of truthiness, that sometimes leak out onto the pages of national publications like the Washington Post Opinion Pages.

blah blah blah. The leadup as the regular class warfare canard leveled at liberals and a dem president. The high brow intellectual pooh poohing emo libtards in favor of the cold steel trap mind fu logic of the adults in the room. Wingnuts of course. Then we finally get to the truth, to be handled or not.

While conservatives have criticized the economic principles and class-baiting cadences of Obama’s budget rhetoric, no one has answered his fundamental charge that the Ryan plan is unfair. Conservatives have long stayed away from fairness debates, preferring to build unemotional arguments on the right angles of economic efficiency. This is a lost opportunity. Advocates for limited government can win the fairness argument in a walk.

Badda bing. The fairness phobia. It's all republican, pure and simple. Or, as my grandpappy used to say. "grab hold yer wallet when a wingnut starts talking about fairness"