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Even though the GOP has tried to lay claim to uniquely American values like hard work and responsibility, they are actually becoming a party of angry old men, rich fat cats and small business owners. Not working people. Paul Krugman explores:

By now everyone knows how Mitt Romney, speaking to donors in Boca Raton, washed his hands of almost half the country — the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes — declaring, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” By now, also, many people are aware that the great bulk of the 47 percent are hardly moochers; most are working families who pay payroll taxes, and elderly or disabled Americans make up a majority of the rest.

But here’s the question: Should we imagine that Mr. Romney and his party would think better of the 47 percent on learning that the great majority of them actually are or were hard workers, who very much have taken personal responsibility for their lives? And the answer is no.

For the fact is that the modern Republican Party just doesn’t have much respect for people who work for other people, no matter how faithfully and well they do their jobs. All the party’s affection is reserved for “job creators,” a k a employers and investors. Leading figures in the party find it hard even to pretend to have any regard for ordinary working families — who, it goes without saying, make up the vast majority of Americans.

Am I exaggerating? Consider the Twitter message sent out by Eric Cantor, the Republican House majority leader, on Labor Day — a holiday that specifically celebrates America’s workers. Here’s what it said, in its entirety: “Today, we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success.” Yes, on a day set aside to honor workers, all Mr. Cantor could bring himself to do was praise their bosses.

Lest you think that this was just a personal slip, consider Mr. Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. What did he have to say about American workers? Actually, nothing: the words “worker” or “workers” never passed his lips. This was in strong contrast to President Obama’s convention speech a week later, which put a lot of emphasis on workers — especially, of course, but not only, workers who benefited from the auto bailout.


One Comment

  1. Wow, this is telling…but more telling about the author, who thinks that small business owners don’t “work,” and therefore aren’t “workers.” So typical of the Obama types who only support those who they can control. Support the unions (the political arm of the Democrats), support government workers, and support welfare recipients. Damn the small business owners and professionals. The hell with the job creators. Who do they think they are? We the Democrats will make the jobs through unions and government, thank you. Support the big corporations who support Dems, screw the rest. Make government corporations like Fannie and Freddie. Line our pockets with their income, then blame Republicans when it causes the recession. Bail out companies with unions. We can’t let a court reduce the income of our base (union workers), then screw the non-union workers among them. We’re the Democrats, we care about people we can control, and what feels and looks good, now what is good.

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