Saturday, February 28, 2009

Defining class warfare

There's been a real brouhaha over the Obama plan to raise income taxes on those making more than $250,000/year. With the fallout from the administration's tax plan has been a steady drumbeat of reporters and other pundits trumpeting the term, "class warfare" as a descriptive in asking the wealthy to contribute equitably to America's future success.

Take for instance reporter Jeanne Cummings article for Politico, titled, " http: Media Matters describes Cummings' article, calling it "the oddest of all, promoting the "class warfare" theme with a series of misguided and nonsensical grievances. She began by complaining, essentially, of being insufficiently surprised by Obama's plans:"

Jamison Foser, who penned the Media Matters piece on the class warfare meme perpetrated by the chattering class (aka, the Media), goes on to note several other instances among the so-called liberal media (see Bernie Goldberg, who sees a liberal conspiracy behind every story coming from the media, except Faux) of going to that same well concerning the changes in the tax structure.

Ben Stein, in the New York Times, cites Warren Buffett, who indicates that in fact there is class warfare, and it's the wealthy that are winning.

According to Buffett, a man with a net worth approaching $50 million, “There’s class warfare, all right,” Mr. Buffett said, “but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

There's the real issue of class and the pitched battle at hand.

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