Obama needs to extend the Democrats’ historic concern for fairness beyond racial minorities, women and gays to an abandoned working class. His proposal to offer tax credits to employers that create jobs in the United States is a step in the right direction, and it’s even better that he spoke of it yesterday to a group of southern Virginia workers who’d lost their jobs in plant closings. It’s their story he needs to tell and their concerns he has to address — not just to win the White House, but, should he win, to rebuild a nation in which broadly shared prosperity is fast becoming a distant memory.
Which, yeah, guys. I mean, come the fuck on. I don’t buy the subtle thread running through this piece that Obama has an elitism problem, or a white folks problem, but I do very much buy that it’s about time we stopped talking about how best to coddle CEOs so that they can not really very much “pass on” their good fortune to their employees, and started talking about how if you can embezzle, for example, a couple million bucks, or pay for your limo rides with your leftover lunch money, you should maybeshut the fuck up about how your employees need to kick in for health insurance. The problem with class warfare is that it’s been so one-sided.