This is one reason why the Republicans are so good at getting what they want. While Democrats are herding cats, the GOP is doubling down on their broken-record methodology of repeating a meme until it sticks into the unsuspecting brains of those listening. They’re like robots that go out and train other robots.
And their meme of choice right now is the idea that the Obama administration is waging class warfare on the wealthy by trying to institute the “Buffett Rule,” which would raise taxes on the super wealthy and the useless “job creators” as we struggle to get our deficit under control. Never mind that these people have had these tax cuts for a decade now – a decade that resulted in the lowest levels of job creation that we’ve seen.
But, you know, facts will never stop a Republican meme.
When Obama introduced his plan, he stated firmly that “this is not class warfare. It’s math,” which sent Colbert into a tizzy, reminiscent of just about every GOPer out there:
“Since when does math settle anything? Like evolution, I believe math is just a theory. And demonizing the wealthy is not what our economy needs.”
Cue the meme machine, as Paul Ryan, Lindsay Graham and John Boehner parrot each other as the schlep for the mythical job creators:
“Job creators like me need low taxes so we can continue to create jobs. Just look at history. In 1995, the effective tax rate paid by billionaires was 30.4%. By 2009, it had dropped to 22.4%. And over that same period, unemployment plummeted from 5.6% to all the way down to 9.3%. Folks, I promise there is more jobs coming. Just be patient. We job creators are like a slot machine. If you just keep pumping in tax cuts, eventually we’re gonna pay off! You can’t quit now, you’ve got us all warmed up!”
Why is it that a flipping comedian can deliver factual information to the American public, but our media can’t. It’s a conundrum.
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It’s when he launched The Word that this whole mess became crystal clear – like it has been for months, if not years. I honestly don’t know what it will take to make Americans get the message being delivered to them, loud and clear, by the GOP: They hate you. They want to take what little you have left, what little they haven’t been able to get their grubby little hands on, and deliver it to their wealthy and corporate overlords.
And they do this through their memes of ”job creators” and “broadening the base,” which simply insinuates that the poor and working class aren’t paying enough to support their financial adventures in disaster capitalism – because they don’t even make enough money to be taxed. But again, this is a phony meme that is spewed by every GOP candidate running.
“Just how do these freeloaders dodge income taxes? Well, it turns out that half of them don’t pay simply because they make less than $20,000 a year. That’s right! They are living the good life in their cushy jobs as fry cooks, Walmart greeters and slaughterhouse floor-grate de-brainers. ‘Oh, look at me! I have my own apron!’”
Yes, there is class warfare being waged, but it ain’t against the people these heartless bastards would have you believe.