As the Obama Administration continues to drown in a sea of scandals and Obamacare-related failures, the president and his team appear to be pivoting to the issue of class warfare to try and distract from the national discussion concerning the abysmal job performance of this administration. However, the latest maneuver is likely to backfire as the president affirms what his critics have long charged- that the president is promoting a socialist agenda.
In remarks he offered on Tuesday, President Obama spoke about the need to address the extension of long-term unemployment benefits. However, the president’s remarks on Tuesday are just a furtherance of his latest campaign to push class warfare- a campaign that was renewed in early December.
In a speech given on December 4th, 2013, President Obama touched on crucial elements of class warfare rhetoric by espousing a need for renewed long-term unemployment benefits and a minimum wage increase. Obama also called for lawmakers to address “income inequality,” a catch-all term that serves as a favorite amongst liberals looking to drive a wedge between America’s haves and have-nots.
After calling for an increase in the minimum wage, Obama stated in December,
“The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life and what we stand for around the globe.”
With his Tuesday remarks, Obama highlighted his renewed campaign to discuss income inequality and the gap between the rich and the poor. While Republicans and Democrats can all agree that the gap between the rich and poor should be lessened, the approaches favored by each respective party differ greatly.
The president and his fellow Democrats advocate for an approach centered around tax increases for the rich to offer more benefits for the poor; however, conservatives seem more focused on lessening taxation and regulation to allow for business growth and the extra hiring of employees that come with such growth.
Pleading for an extension of long-term unemployment benefits on Tuesday, Obama urged for the extension of long-term unemployment benefits and even claimed, “Voting for unemployment insurance helps people and creates jobs. And voting against it does not.”
However, the president offered no explanation as to how, specifically, providing an extension of unemployment benefits creates jobs.
Karl Rove, a Republican strategist who often favors moderate-Republican policy, recently claimed that the president’s newest push may be a misstep. Rove stated,
“I think the administration is playing with dynamite. In the short run they get some advantage from talking about the minimum wage and the extension of unemployment benefits. But the more this becomes a question of taking from those who have to those that don’t have, the more they engage the American people in a very negative way for the administration.”
Obama and his fellow Democrats are now facing a storm of outrage after having promised for years that the critics in the Tea Party were wrong about the shortcomings of Obamacare. Now, even center-leaning Democrats are abandoning ship as Obamacare’s failure becomes more and more evident.
The president, having long been labeled a socialist by Tea Partiers and other conservatives, may enjoy some short-term benefit of pandering to the poor, but his class warfare rhetoric is likely a Hail Mary maneuver to try and shift focus from his administration’s numerous failures. With the Tea Party having been revealed to have been correct all along about the failures of Obamacare, the president’s willingness to push an agenda with socialist undertones is likely to only showcase the validity of the Tea Party’s criticism.