Mitt Romney’s claim that President Obama is promoting class warfare is a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black. As someone who left the Republican Party because of its divisive rhetoric and shameless lies – i.e., Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck – I find this laughable, especially in light of Romney’s tax bombshell.
Make no mistake, class warfare began with reckless deregulation and was waged in earnest by the super rich when they crashed our economy with impunity. Not only did the perpetrators of the global meltdown escape prosecution in what amounts to legalized fraud, they’ve actually profited from it as have our elected leaders (“As Americans Get Poorer, Members of Congress Get Rich” –ABC News, Dec. 22, 2011).
Since the crisis, the Republican Party has become a public mouthpiece for the corporate elite and has come to symbolize the growing cancer that threatens our society, which is systemic corruption; income disparity is merely a symptom.
In response to the claim that Americans who criticize Romney are all coveters who aren’t doing enough for their country, this hard-working, tax-paying critic is calling on both sides to restore dignity and power to the American people.
Whether through taxes or fines, those who caused and profited from the economic meltdown should pay; it’s as simple as that.
(Al-Abboud is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound.)