As President Obama tries to get movement from the “do-nothing” Congress the observation is made, what a shame he didn’t put this side forward much earlier in his Presidency. At this point in time, with the Republican party turnstile of mediocre candidates and no one emerging other then the same version with a different suit, Obama would seem to be the only one voicing any concern for the middle class. Although Ron Paul would be a much needed kick to the system, the overall look of the Republican elite, who run the party, is that no matter how well Paul does, they will never give him any serious consideration for the nomination. With that being the case, Obama would be the only choice for the middle class. The middle class who suffer from the effects of a miserable economy and continued inflation. If the tax cut that has been in effect for the middle class is not renewed, the middle class will take another hit to the belt from an uncaring, rich, elitist ruling party at a point in time when it can ill be afforded. With the Republicans in Congress showing no will to extent the payroll tax cut to the middle class while at the same time espousing continued tax cuts for the wealthy makes it all too clear that they have been bought and paid for by the Corporate Monolith of this Nation.
Channeling the progressivism of President Teddy Roosevelt, President Obama on Tuesday traveled to Osawatomie, Kansas to push his economic agenda and to strongly rebuke the Republicans’ laissez-faire policies.
“This is a make or break moment for the middle class, and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class,” Obama said from Osawatomie High School. “At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, and secure their retirement.”
The president pushed for more investments in education, research and science. He called on Congress to extend the payroll tax cut and for the wealthiest Americans to pay more in taxes. He railed against income inequality, which he said “runs the risk of selling out our democracy to the highest bidder.”
Citing both the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement, Mr. Obama called the restoration of the middle class “the defining issue of our time.”
“I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules,” he said. “Those aren’t Democratic or Republican values; these aren’t 1 percent values or 99 percent values. They’re American values, and we have to reclaim them.”
Just over a century earlier, Roosevelt made a similar pitch in Osawatomie, Kansas, calling for a “New Nationalism.”
In Roosevelt’s era, the president said today, “some people thought massive inequality and exploitation was just the price of progress… But Roosevelt also knew that the free market has never been a free license to take whatever you want from whoever you can.”
And for taking that stand, Roosevelt was called a radical and a socialist, Mr. Obama said, eliciting chuckles from the crowd.