Now “middle class” means “union workers”, generally government union workers and the middle and upper end of the pay scale. The term “The Rich” means “the middle class” as it was traditionally understood.
Once upon a time to be in the middle class meant that one owned a small or medium sized business. True, there were some management and professionals that where sort of in that group, but they were a minority and in general their aspirations and values where aligned with the broader group of business owners. Most certainly, to be middle class meant one got up every work day and worked for a living. This was the real “American dream”: to work for yourself and be left alone.
“The Rich” meant mostly those who lived off of inherited wealth, not withstanding a smaller group of successful, first generation business people and entrepreneurs.
The fact that they call those making over $250k “The Rich” should tip you off. The fact that they can get away with this should scare you to death. They would have been laughed off the dais 15 years ago if they had tried this sort of rhetorical switcheroo.
More to the point, in the real world this “tax the rich” mumbo jumbo amounts to a bad (and wildly cynical) joke. The real “Rich” provide much of the market for tax free government securities; the middle class cannot possibly survive on government securities as a primary source of income. Both the real rich and the Democrats understand this—in fact, the “real rich” as a group tend to be Democrats now.
“Tax the Rich” is just a code. The real target here is the white middle class—the “real” middle class. The GOP and a great many conservative, particularly in the punditry, have fallen for this gambit of a redefinition of the term. They are literally responding to the wrong argument, and doing so unwittingly. They are having the wrong debate. Obtusely, they walk right into the landmine that the Democrats have prepared
If the GOP had any stones they would point this out. They would point out that the whole coalition of the Democrats provide little wealth or add much real value to the GDP. They would point out the lie of all this. To those that vote Dem who do provide some value—say some in the tech sector for example—they need to point out that they will eventually be targets too.
This, of course, will never happen. The middle class will be taxed out of existence.
To state the obvious, this taxation is wholly political and ideological in nature: it is about destroying the middle calls—excuse me, the white middle class—to achieve and absolute grip on power. These taxes will not in any way substantially reduce our debt nor will the Democrats do anything other than increase spending. If there are cuts they oill be on the very things that should not be cut, things that support American leadership.
Everything that Obama and his vipers say is a lie. Everything they utter is 160 degrees from the truth. Democrats are “for the middle class” in the sense the wolves are “for sheep”.