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Obama's Class warfare

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The country may have wanted leadership, but the president is giving them red meat, old fashioned class warfare. Us vs. Them. If you expected conciliation, hope, unity, forget it. This was an ugly performance. Expect more "unexpected," economic fallout now that the president has launched against the nation's producers. This is actually from the AP report:

Kids versus corporate jets.

If President Obama's news conference accomplished anything on Wednesday afternoon, it underscored, in striking tones, his strategy for winning the debt ceiling fight with Republicans: Make it a clash of classes.

*Rich versus Poor.

*Us versus Them. 

*Those who support children, food safety, medical research and, presumably, puppies and apple pie versus the rich fat cats who don't.

In Obama's world, Democrats are for kids and Republicans are for corporate jets. That is a sharp distinction that could help put the GOP on defensive, but it may not be enough to persuade Republicans to change their posture on the debt-ceiling talks.

Republicans have cast Obama as a tax-raiser and a Big-Government spender. This was his jujitsu move to turn their arguments against them. With a hint of disdain, Obama even dredged up the death of Osama bin Laden to score a political point....



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