Thursday, June 13, 2013

Positioning for 2016?

“One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single—not a single —factory worker went out there" 

-- Rick Santorum, Politico

"If the picture I’ve drawn is at all right, the only way we could have anything resembling a middle-class society — a society in which ordinary citizens have a reasonable assurance of maintaining a decent life as long as they work hard and play by the rules — would be by having a strong social safety net, one that guarantees not just health care but a minimum income, too. And with an ever-rising share of income going to capital rather than labor, that safety net would have to be paid for to an important extent via taxes on profits and/or investment income.

I can already hear conservatives shouting about the evils of “redistribution.” But what, exactly, would they propose instead?"
-- Paul Krugman, NYT

Are folks already positioning themselves for 2016? But with chances of fair economic growth in next few years, 'cries of redistribution' may not fly so much. Who knows - after all the forces of increasing 'inequality' are so strong in today's world that few years of wage growth for down trodden still may not give them enough. 
One thing is for sure though - Romney style 'lather more on rich' or Herman Cain style stupidity in 'load more on poor' would not fly. 
At least that is the hope as the regime of that original "hopy thingy - one named Barack Obama" continues its  prolonged sunset in the first year of his second term.

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