December 5, 2011

Will Obama's Class Warfare Backfire?

ARRA News Service - Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Obama’s reelection campaign will look like the polar opposite of his 2008 campaign.  Hope and unity will be replaced by demonization and division.  His class warfare rhetoric and the Occupy Wall Street movement are all about dividing Americans. Thankfully, more and more business leaders -- real job creators -- are speaking out in defense of free enterprise. Below you can read more in my latest column at Humanevents.com
Cartoon by A.F. Branco
Obama's Class Warfare May Backfire as Big Business and Workers Team Up
Barack Obama​ has spent much of his presidency attacking the rich and berating businesses for not hiring more workers. But many businesses aren’t hiring because they see an uncertain future with a President who at best doesn’t understand business and at worst is at war with capitalism.

The headlines tell us that the unemployment rate in November fell to 8.6%, its lowest level in more than two years. But, as with much in the Age of Obama, the devil is in the details. The primary reason for the drop is that more than 300,000 Americans ceased looking for work altogether last month—more than twice the number who actually got jobs. (Just think: Unemployment could go to zero if those pesky unemployed folks would just drop out of the job hunt.)

These are people who perhaps understand better than Obama that economic recovery entails more than companies simply “step[ping] up” to hire new workers, as Obama admonished CEOs to do last May. . . . [Read More From Quoted Sources]

According to a recent Bloomberg report, the Obama administration approved 613 rules during its first 33 months. Obama’s regulations (many related to oil drilling, environmental protection, ObamaCare and financial reform) cost between $7 billion and $11 billion annually.

The Obama administration has an additional 219 major rules under consideration, up from 137 in 2005, according to Bloomberg.

Democrats apparently are under no illusions about who will ultimately pay the price for their job-stifling policies. “Preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class,” the New York Times’ Thomas Edsall wrote last week. “All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned …”

It’s been years since Democrats have fared well among white working-class voters. Obama lost them in 2008, and he didn’t help himself by infamously referring to Middle Americans as clinging bitterly to guns, xenophobia and religion. The Democrats lost these voters by 30 percentage points in the 2010 midterm elections.

Obama’s reelection campaign will look like the polar opposite of his 2008 campaign. Hope and unity will be replaced by demonization and division. But Obama may ultimately unite two groups historically at odds—the titans of industry and the working class. They are both under assault by Obama’s socialist policies.
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Gary Bauer is is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families.

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