Class warfare rhetoric is the epitome of shameless pandering. You convince voters that anyone who has more than them is corrupt and evil, and are free to demagogue whatever the private sector boogey man du joir is. On the streets, we call this “player hatin’.” Surprisingly enough, the Democrats are the worst offenders of this, because the private sector interferes with them wanting to control every aspect of your life.
The rub is that if you argue against this, the media paints you as being in the pocket of big business, special interest groups, lobbyists, etc. Republicans needs someone with the background to a) call out the Democrats for what this really is, and b) explain to the American people why evil and scar “big business” making money is a good thing.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did the former recently on the always fair and balanced Fox Business Channel. So sayeth the JBdotC candidate of choice…
Liberals in the U.S. believe that profitability is wrong, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) asserted Friday afternoon. In a bit of a bizarre claim, Romney argued that liberals truly believe that a government-run economy should replace any private economy. “The liberals, in their heart believe that the private enterprise system — profitability, for instance — that those things are inefficient and wrong, and that a government-run system would be better,” Romney said in an interview on the Fox Business Network.
Romney, who made millions as a director of Bain Capital before entering politics, rejected limits on executive compensation as an infringement on freedom. “No one wants to see excessive pay. But this is a free country,” he said. “It’s simply wrong to think that government knows better.”
That covers the former. The later I’d like to see tied together with a comment Tim Pawlenty recently made, “And the next time [President Obama] address a group of young people maybe [he] should apologize for the crushing debt [he is] putting on their shoulders.” Those of you who read this blog regularly know that my “2012 ticket du joir” changes from blog post to blog post, but I have to admit, Romney/Pawlenty could be very, very strong.