published Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Racism and class divides

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are leading the charge by Republican presidential primary candidates who claim, falsely, that President Obama has spurred class warfare. Romney claims Obama has done so by calling for a more equitable tax structure between the 99 percent of Americans and the nation's megamillionaires and billionaires. Gingrich taints his own class-warfare subterfuge with racism by invoking the rising number of African-Americans receiving food stamps. Given their own harshly divisive comments and behaviors which actually do foment financial and racial divides, their hypocrisy and pandering is stunning.

It is Romney the megamillionaire venture capitalist, not Obama, who will not reveal his income tax statements, and who benefits so greatly from the 15 percent tax rate on dividends and investments that wrongly hyper-inflates the fortunes of this nation's super-rich top tenth of one percent. That "carrying rate" on investments and interest, which covers most of Romney's wealth, is nearly double the effective rate of income taxes on secretaries and factory workers.

Calling attention to the exponential gains that accrue to the ultra-wealthy from such tax inequity over time does not promote class-warfare. It's a reasonable call for a sounder fiscal policy to correct a widening wealth gap between the super-rich and the rest of America that is now greater than any time in the last 80 years.

Gingrich's race-baiting is far more despicable than Romney's backward defense of tax inequity. Gingrich is going around South Carolina working the political race-card -- and drawing wild applause -- by hawking the lie that Obama is "the greatest food-stamp president in American history." He further claims Obama and his fellow liberals don't mind if (black) people don't work because they want to "maximize dependence" on the government.

His vile, inflammatory racism is repugnant, and wildly wrong on the facts surrounding food stamps, which go to far more whites than to black families. Gingrich's taunt is also linked with his continuing, racially divisive suggestion that America's most impoverished black families had rather receive public assistance than work. He says that's why he supports giving young black youths jobs as apprentice "school janitors" -- a position he has cited several times -- so they can develop a work ethic.

Food-stamp use has increased to a record number since the Great Recession of 2007-09 unfolded, but not because Obama has promoted it. Rising food stamp use is the result of an ever-increasing population, coupled with unusually high unemployment due to the worst financial meltdown on Wall Street since the Great Depression 80 years ago. That financial implosion began on George W. Bush's watch due to lax financial regulation and wildly speculative gambling on investment IOUs -- credit default swaps -- and it wiped out thousands of businesses and more than 8 million jobs.

Joblessness and food stamp use, to be sure, are also aggravated by the nation's rising wealth gap against declining wages for workers (adjusted for inflation) -- many working families qualify for food stamps; and by the steadily increasing wave of wave of companies moving jobs overseas to take advantage of cheaper labor.

Though blacks at the bottom of the job ladder have suffered a far higher percentage of job losses than whites, however, it is white families, not the families of blacks and Hispanics, who now receive by far the largest share of food stamps.

Romney's and Gingrich's falsehoods spread the distortions and views that promote and prolong the social injustices -- unfair wages and taxes, job losses and racial discord -- that should be at the heart of the nation's political debate. They make politics worse and political solutions more improbable. Romney and Gingrich should be held accountable for the damage they willfully inflict.

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joneses said...

This article is stupid. Stating a fact like there are a more percentage of blacks on welfare since Obama took ofice than before he took office is not racist, it is fact. Stating a fact that more blacks are killed in gang wars than whites in Chattanooga is not racist either. It is fact. Obama and the democrats look at each group as voting blocks you are white or black, gay or straight, rich or poor and the list goes on. If any party promotes racisim it is the democrats. The democrats whole mantra is to keep prople down on the economic ladder so they can keep promising things they will never deliver. There is not one thing the democrats did for blacks when they had the house, senate and white house. If you remain dependant on the government you will remain in poverty. That is fact.

January 19, 2012 at 5:59 a.m.
twharr said...

Fact: there are more whites than blacks on food stamps and welfare.

Fact: the middle class has lost its title since the Bush occupation.

Fact: there is a gang problem across our nation that incorporates Blacks, Whites, Asians and Latinos.

Fact: you don't know how to spell "office" Joneses.

I wish you and your Klan of bigots would stop making this into a racial issue. This is about ignorance and intelligence. Obama never mentioned there are more whites than blacks on welfare (given that is a fact) during his campaigning nor do I see him doing that going forward. You see, Obama has class – something that Newt has never had. Newt is a frustrated, little fat, ignorant, piggy that divides rather than leads…if he’s not careful that’s all he’ll ever be.

January 19, 2012 at 9 a.m.
rolando said...

Those of lower mentality -- and a feeling of holier-than-thou -- often criticize the spelling of other posters rather than the message.

Obviously, the one above didn't read the "message". Makes one wonder which part of the sentence he did read was misunderstood...

January 19, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.
twharr said...

Rolando, great point! How dare I retort to Joneses opinion of the article with my own opinion of Joneses bigoted opinion? Noooo…not me…(yawn). You’re a joke dude.

January 19, 2012 at 9:42 a.m.
timbo said...

Hey, Harry.. your support of your power structure sponsers like Holmberg, Lupton, Siskin, Lebowitz.... Aren't they the same type people you accuse Romney of being? How do you, living in Sequatchie County and the rest of these rich people living on Lookout Mountain have any more perspective than Romney does. Harry Austin has never seen a power structure person or boondoggle he didn't like.

You and the rest of these hypocrites just use blacks to get their cronies elected. I wonder what would happen if someone opened a trailer park on Lookout Mountain. I am sure that Ms. Holmberg or Lumpton would embrace them...yea, right.

Stating the truth is not racist. Calling someone names that is speaking the truth about race and class IS RACIST.

By the way, black people, they see you as their pets. They are using you to get their sycophants elected. Believe me if you usurped their areas they would be the first to knock you down. At least people like Gingrich are honest about it.

January 19, 2012 at 10:09 a.m.
timbo said...

twharr...

Fact:

  1. Although there are more total whites on food stamps than blacks, The percentage of blacks on food stamps are three times more than whites. They receive almost half the food stamps and are only 13 % of the population.

  2. Although there are gang problems in every race. Here it is blacks that are responsible for most of the crime. 90% of the murders in Chattanooga were committed by blacks.

Statistics cut both ways.

By the way, the constant implication that somehow you idiot liberals are smart is getting old. Show me one place that socialism and liberalism has worked. It is you guys that are stupid.

January 19, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.
twharr said...

You're missing my point Timbo. All I'm trying to point out is the era of black and white is over. This is about rich and poor - the educated and the uneducated. I want politicians such as Newt and Paul to stop with the bigotry and start talking about issues with substance. We don't need the federal government to step over our local governments shoulders to "janitorize" our urban kids. There needs to be a local grass roots approach not a federal approach.

As far as welfare and food stamps - Why didn't Newt call out the poor whites that are also lying on their behinds and collecting a free ride? He had the opportunity to call all races out who live their lives that way; unfortunately, he decided to single out one race. In my book, that's bigotry and ignorance.

January 19, 2012 at 11:01 a.m.
onetinsoldier said...

It's bait and switch. The repugnant party has used the diversion of race every election for decades. Anytime they want to avoid some issue or another, they start with the stupid stuff, usually racial, sometimes it's fetuses , and sometimes it's mexicans, blacks or muslims. Red meat for the retarded and the press, and they are usually successful at avoiding the real issues at hand.

January 19, 2012 at 2:06 p.m.
timbo said...

onetinsoldier....your right about the bait and switch. The problem is that it is in the other direction.

January 19, 2012 at 2:19 p.m.
tipper said...

When Gingrich was Speaker of the House, he wrote and supported the "Contract for America." That was the beginning of the "culture wars" we now find that distract Americans from the issues of political and corporate corruption. Those dividing issues have been absorbed by the Republicans and are an integral part of the current conservative dogma and ideology that we continue to hear and that divert our attention from the more pressing issues. The latest Gingrich assertions concerning food stamps, welfare, child labor, are nothing new. I would love to see Gingrich become the Republican nominee. They say he is the true conservative and can debate better than Obama. Gingrich has never been true on any issue, and as a debater, I prefer my president to be smart and statesman-like--somone who would not embarrass America and Americans. This is not a debate team. It has been said that if Newt Gingrich is the smartest guy in the room...leave the room! Gingrich is his own worst enemy. Bring him on. As for Romney, those who are old enough to remember the early 1980s recall the deregulation, restructuring and down-sizing of major corporations. Romney of Bain and those like him laughed all the way to the bank on the misery of thousands upon thousands of American workers. The CEOs and big shareholders of companies who sold out their workers for golden parachutes are still with us and supported and protected by the Romneys of the business world. But not to worry. If he becomes the nominee, what he says he was and what he says he is today will cause much doubt as to who he really is. The upcoming presidential election is far from being decided. It will be no cakewalk for any Republican nominee.

January 19, 2012 at 5:37 p.m.
Rational1 said...

Timbo:

You ask "Show me one place that socialism and liberalism has worked" My response is the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, and the US Coast Guard. They are all part of the Dept. of Defense, the most socialist institution in the United States. At the same time, the flowers of progress and liberalism allows for the assimilation of all political view points. If you are a veteran, you were at one time a socialist.

January 19, 2012 at 7:53 p.m.
Rational1 said...

I would like to note that the US Coast Guard is part of the Dept. of Defense during war, but resides in the Dept. of Home Land Security during peace time.

January 19, 2012 at 7:56 p.m.
rolando said...

twarr -- You are just another lieberal retard who repeatedly fails to address a poster's message, but attack them personally.

Yes, you fit the description of a libtard who cannot respond to the issue so he attacks.

Grow up, my child.

January 19, 2012 at 8:49 p.m.
rolando said...

You are wrong, rational1. Just as wrong as most socialists who think everyone just loves socialism as they do.

Military duty is best compared with involuntary servitude or indentured service. It isn't slavery -- although it is close -- because one still has his freedom...kinda sorta...and gets paid for his work.

And if you think free political viewpoints and discussion are assimilated within the military structure at any level, you have obviously never been a GI...or kept your political viewpoints to yourself.

See http://townhall.com/columnists/mikeadams/2012/01/16/postmodern_political_correctness_and_christianity for an excellent description of a Marxist [Socialist].

January 19, 2012 at 9:03 p.m.
Rational1 said...

Rolando,

21 years of naval service and another 21 years of foreign service afforded me the opportunity of working with a multitude of open-minded and liberated Americans who weren't caught up in dogma. Their primary interest was in the betterment of their country. The military encourages free-thinkers (that is what separated us from the Soviet military). Of course, there were the bigots, the myopic and the ignorant as one would expect to find in any organization, but they were a minority and weeded out. As a volunteer and a Vietnam Vet, I never once considered myself in indentured service.

January 19, 2012 at 9:26 p.m.

I'm wondering if Rolando has looked in a mirror lately.

January 19, 2012 at 9:31 p.m.
joneses said...

twharr

Obama is a classless pathetic liar. You dummycrats have no intention of helping poor blacks or any poor people get out of their situation. Your goal is to keep them there as a voting block with false promises. All you dummycrats have done is make victims out of the blacks and all poor people and you should be ashamed of yourself for using these poor blacks and other poor people to pursue your communist agenda. You dummycrats do not want blacks or any of the poor to move up. You want them poor so you can control them. If they were wealthy they damn sure would not vote for the racist democrats that you are. You have them and will keep them exactly where they are. Obama is out to destroy the middle class as he and his friend Bill Ayers of the communist terrorist group The Weather Undergound knows the biggest obstacle to communism is the middle class. By the way stupid, Obama has spent 6 trillion dollars in 3 years on nothing. Why do you and your fellow dummycrats not brag about what he spent this money on? You can't because if you did no one would vote for this pathetic puppet. Why are you not spouting off on one thing this pathetic fool you support as a president has accomplished? His agenda is to destroy capitalism through environmental regulation. Lisa Jackson of the EPA was heard saying she did not care if environmental regulation cost every job in the country. Karl Marx wrote about this. By the way I am not a bigot as I do not dislike anyone because of their skin color. You playing the race card is weak and does not work anymore. But I do not like people like you that hide your racism behind your false sense of intellectualism. If I tell you that blacks make up 13% of the population and are responsible for 52% of the murders in this country that is not racisim, that is fact. I cannot stand dummycrats wanting to destroy this country and the arrogance you show thinking you are so intellectual you know what is best for everyone. By the way, what did President Bush do to destroy the middle class? Nothing. But I can name much that Bill Ayers puppet Obama has done and so can you. All you have to do is promote what Obama has accomplished and you will be showing all of us what he has done to destroy the middle class. Republicans want everyone to work and prosper. Dummycrats want everyone to be poor and dependant on the government. Please entertain us by confirming your arrogant stupidity by pointing out my typos.

January 19, 2012 at 10:46 p.m.
Rational1 said...

joneses,

What color is the sky in the world you live in?

January 19, 2012 at 10:59 p.m.
joneses said...

Irrational

As long as pathetic liberals like you live on this earth it is black and stinks. But a faction of Americans are in the process of purging this country of filth like you. Be prepared. Follow the link below for a list of all the lies this pathetic fool you support as president has told you. And you know what? You cannot prove he did not say any of them but you are so blind you still support this fool. I also find it odd that you cannot prove anything I say is false so you attack me personally. Why are you liberals always attacking Republicans? it is because you cannot promote anything this pathetic fool you support has accomplished. Also this president has played 90 rounds of golf while he keeps 25 million Americans unemployed and dependant on the government. I remember you liberals bashing president Bush for his vacations. You are hypocritical liars.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/50lies.asp

January 20, 2012 at 7:36 a.m.
joneses said...

Because you liberals are so selective in your definition of Freedom of Speech I feel it necessary to clarify something I posted. My comment " But a faction of Americans are in the process of purging this country of filth like you. Be prepared." What I mean is Americans that want to save this country from complete take over by the liberal communist will vote those you support out of office. One has to be careful as our freedoms are being whittled away every day as long as fools like Obama continue to be elected. I am through with this conversation.

January 20, 2012 at 8:13 a.m.

What conversation? A conversation has discussion, you're just haranguing others.

January 20, 2012 at 9:28 a.m.
twharr said...

Joneses, Joneses, Joneses...where do I begin?

So Obama is a puppet? You sound like the Communist DPRK talking about South Korea. All your rhetoric and anti-democratic conspiracies sounds like Glenn Beck on Broadway.

Allow me to be blunt and just get straight to the point...you don't like Obama because he's black. Admit it! Your on party kicked Michael Steele to the curb because, and I quote, "He doesn't represent us." What does that mean exactly? Herman Cain was the puppet who the Tea Baggers used to mask the clandestine agenda of the so called “Angry” Anglo movement. Fortunately, there’s a new generation coming of age, like myself, who can see past the satire. Your party and what it stands for is a joke. We laugh at your kind. Do you know why? It’s because you waste your time, money, and energy on a movement that only a small town of radicals follow. Good luck my fellow American.

January 20, 2012 at 10:44 a.m.
timbo said...

rational1...so the military is socialist. Do you even know what socialist means? The military is about the only constitutionally mandated part of government. That was one of the dumbest, uninformed comments I've seen in a while.

Twarr....The race card again....I don't like Obama because he is a liberal. I don't like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Edward Kennedy (diseased), etc. I guess I hate them because they are black too. Oh, that's right, their white. You're kind of idiocy is more racist than anyone you point you finger at.

To most of us your generation is a joke. I call you the Nichelodeon generation. You grew up watching that crap which made the kids out to be smart and the adults stupid. Let you in on a little secret, it is the opposite.

As far as people like me "fearing" your bunch, read your history book and see who has run this word for 3000 years. It wasn't Africa.

Intelligent cultures emulate successful cultures while retaining the good attributes of their own culture. For example, 5000 years ago, the Egyptians were building pyramids while my ancestors were living in caves. I accept that the Egyptian culture was superior and should have been emulated. Another more recent example is the Japenese, they were wise enough to emulate European culture while keeping their traditions intact . They were wise to see if they were going to be successful they had to change. They didn't let misplaced racial pride stop them from doing the right thing.

Now, the northern European culture has dominated the earth for 3000 years. It would behoove an intelligent culture to emulate that success instead of attacking everything that has been successful.

You hate so much you will never get that. Instead of helping yourself you will continue to take one step forward and two steps back. This has nothing to do with race, it is about a successful culture versus an unsuccessful one.

January 20, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.
twharr said...

Let me get this straight Timbo, Europeans mocked the Egyptians, that resided in Africa, to become modern...then you say the Japensese mocked the Westerners to become modern...now your saying liberal minorities need to mock their current Western culture to become modern. Makes a lot of sense old man. You're a dying breed...get use to it.

January 20, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.

You want to emulate the Egyptians? They had a God-King.

I think I'll pass on that.

Besides, some studies of the Pyramids indicate that they were actually a massive public works project to keep laborers busy during the off-season for harvesting.

Is that what you think we should do?

As for Japan, you obviously don't know them if you think they don't have a fair amount of racial pride. Your historical analysis is suspect.

But then, you just said "Now, the northern European culture has dominated the earth for 3000 years." which I might concede was a typo and you mean 300, which would put it more in the realm of believable, but even they clearly built on models from prior cultures, and you know what? They managed to make some terrible mistakes too.

January 20, 2012 at 12:17 p.m.
joneses said...

twharr,

Let me straighten your ass out. Stop being a race pimp. You do not know me or how I feel about race. You do not even know if I am black or not. You are an idiot. The democrats had a public lynching of Hermand Cain and Clarence Thomas, You also had the only KKK member belonging to your party in Robert KKK Byrd. The racist George Wallace was a democrat. Al Gore Sr. voted against the blacks in the 60's. You are the racist you pathetic bigot.

January 20, 2012 at 12:52 p.m.
timbo said...

Twharr.....your mocking is my copying. I am sure that any African country would love to have your keen intellect. If you don't like our culture, try somewhere else.

I might be an "old man" but I've never met anyone your age that can whip me physically or intellectually. They might be out there, but you ain't it. I might be a dying breed but I won't be replaced with the likes of you.

happywithnewbulbs...300 years!!!!...I was including the Greeks in that 3000 years although they weren't northern European, just European. The Romans ruled the known world from about 700 BC to 400 AD.. After that the Goths and Visigoths, Gauls...then about 1000 AD the British, French, and Germans continued that domination. 300 years ago that dominance was already cemented. The last century has been total domination. Even the Chinese are copying western culture. That is about 3000 years. As I said, no mention of Africa.

The point here is that western culture has dominated. To deny that is to show your ignorance and that you don't have a grasp of reality. Typical liberal afflictions.

January 20, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.
twharr said...

Timbo, you win old-timer. Make sure you take your blood-pressure medication.

Thanks for straightening me out Joneses. Always remember that spell check is not your enemy.

Have a good weekend gals!

January 20, 2012 at 1:49 p.m.

Three thousand years puts us to 1000 BC. There is no conceivable way you can claim that Northern European cultures dominated the world. Even the Greeks, who are not at all Northern European, only managed their part of it. And they had quite a few effective rivals, such as the Persians, the Carthagenians and the Celts. Same with the Romans. Who certainly did not rule the known world starting back in 700 BC. The city wasn't even officially founded until 753, by the ab urbe condita, and their dominance wouldn't begin to grow for several hundred years after that.

And what you think you know about the Goths, Visigoths and Gauls would be quite wrong, not to mention the rest, especially since you really don't know much about the Germans if you think they were anything but a divided country until the late 1700s at best. And trying to put them all together as "Northern European" is quite all encompassing, and inaccurate.

You give a brief mention to China, if derisively (and ignorantly, they are not at all aping the West), but you've left out the Arab conquests, the Mongols, the quite accomplished civilizations in Sub-saharan Africa, and even the American ones who were not defeated simply by force of arms, but by the littlest of weapons, disease. Heck, you left out India, which Columbus was seeking to visit! Why, oh why?

It's not my ignorance that's showing, it is yours. Somehow I think you read Guns, Germs, and Steel, but came to the wrong conclusion about it. Next you'll probably claim you're from Aldebaran.

January 20, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.
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