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Columnist David Brooks makes confusing claim that Obama White House wants to “nurture productivity”; Communist Newspaper provides full translation

Posted by danishova on March 6, 2009

Thanks to the Communist People’s Weekly World, I figured out what a sheepish David Brooks was bleating about when he said this in his latest column (Hat tip: Ed Morrissey/Hot Air):

On Tuesday, I wrote that the Obama budget is a liberal, big government document that should make moderates nervous. The column generated a large positive response from moderate Obama supporters who are anxious about where the administration is headed. It was not so popular inside the White House. Within a day, I had conversations with four senior members of the administration and in the interest of fairness, I thought I’d share their arguments with you today.

In the first place, they do not see themselves as a group of liberal crusaders. They see themselves as pragmatists who inherited a government and an economy that have been thrown out of whack. They’re not engaged in an ideological project to overturn the Reagan Revolution, a fight that was over long ago. They’re trying to restore balance: nurture an economy so that productivity gains are shared by the middle class and correct the irresponsible habits that developed during the Bush era.

I’m not shocked in the least that a wandering Brooks was so easily brought back to the fold by Obama’s shepherds, but I was a bit puzzled by Brooks’ assertion that Obamaonomics would nurture the economy and reward productivity.  Indeed, it does just the opposite by confiscating income from some of the most productive members of society .

Thankfully, Sheriff Joe Biden explained it to the AFL-CIO at their lavish convention in Miami last week, and the People’s Weekly World dutifully reported it for the masses:

Vice President Biden told the nation’s labor leaders here that passage of the Employee Free Choice Act is “the only way to restore what was the basic bargain in this country – in exchange for their productivity, and for being the spine of our economy, the workers get a piece of the action.” The presidents of 56 unions and several hundred others present rose to their feet in applause. They were gathered here March 5 on the closing day of the AFL-CIO’s executive council meeting.

“In the years from 2001 to 2007 there was an increase in worker productivity of 20 percent in this country,” Biden declared. “Based on that, during that period, the average family should have increased its earnings by $10,000. Yet, during that period, we know that the average family lost $2,000 in income. This is wrong. If you have workers with decent pay and decent benefits, everyone gains. It’s the only way to fix the economy. The Employee Free Choice Act will do this. If a union is what you want, a union is what you are entitled to have.”

Or, to put it another way, if it’s a union the union thug bosses want, a union you will have – thanks to Card Check. But that’s not all.  Brooks Continues:

The budget, they continue, isn’t some grand transformation of America. It raises taxes on energy and offsets them with tax cuts for the middle class. It raises taxes on the rich to a level slightly above where they were in the Clinton years and then uses the money as a down payment on health care reform. That’s what the budget does. It’s not the Russian Revolution.

Little by little, the secret is getting out that the “tax cut” the “rich” are meant to finance will not mean an increase in income to the 95 percenters who aren’t “rich”– it’s only meant to help offset the tax hikes on energy they intend to clobber every single one of us with.  Oh, and you may want to talk to your accountant since the “tax cut” was accomplished by changing the withholding tables, which means that you very well may have to pay taxes on the “tax cut” next year.

So yeah, that is not at all like the Russian Revolution. They would have welcomed “global warming” as an alternative to freezing to death as they suffered from fuel shortages, and taxing fuel would not have endeared the starving populace to their revolutionary leaders.


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