Abusing political opportunity is like spreading a plague. When it gains a foothold it can be impossible to stop. That’s what we should be thinking about as Obama revives his working class war. The fanfare over his 2016 budget request put Republicans on the defensive when they should be dictating policy to the White House.
It’s that time of year. Working families matter again. Their rise to the top of Washington politics happens every January as the State of the Union address focuses on America’s bedrock and ignores the ugly truth we don’t want to talk about: working families must suffer.
It’s hard not to snicker at the outrage over the latest in a string of broken Obama promises. Anyone capable of learning English should have known the president would not be able to sprinkle his magic amnesty dust in a way that would give everyone what they expected.
The Obama propaganda machine has given us a new social class, a conglomeration of middle and working class families said to be suffering from low pay and meager job benefits. This group doesn’t have a name. It was created out of sheer political opportunism and the need to confuse voters about what they are supporting.
How do you sell a middle class bailout when the recession is over and you have taken credit for the economy coming back, when Washington is wallowing in debt, and when you have to promise more spending for votes? You fall back on catchy political slogans that don’t sound like slogans and repeat them until people believe them.