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The Political Wealth Gaffe … Not That There's ANYthing Wrong With That

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Totally stole the headline from a couple of Melissa Harris-Perry's beautifully written and delivered opening block quips - and all roads do lead to Seinfeld. 


Seinfeld YouTubes composite extraordinare courtesy of our GottaLaff.

We, as a country,  don't seem to know how to talk about wealth any better than we can articulate adult thoughts on sex … or even get on the right side of science as a Nation.

We'd better learn, and fast. Minding the wealth gap, and avoiding the perilous wealth gaffes that politicians of both parties seem to leap into feet first, is a fascinating topic. Apparently there is 'acceptably wealthy' and 'filthy rich', and it's a third rail that needs nimble feet.

One Arugula moment can really pinch.

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This Sunday one could flip from the media wealth of David Gregory and a panel of Right Wing Stars slumming on the Clinton Global Initiative and Meet the Press world stage to the sanity of Melissa Harris-Perry. (First footage is worth viewing, so have a gander below when time allows, Carly Demon Sheep Fiorina and Bubba are amusing sparring partners).


Does anyone remember which decade turned us from a nation of folks that just knew presidents and notables were going to be from the more rarified monied population, to people that mind the Wealth Gap and eagerly pile on any candidate who isn't visibly living from paycheck to paycheck?

Cory Booker attended Stanford, he isn't doing too badly … does he fall out of the 98%er Defense League in future when his age and talent bring the inevitable wealth he will accrue from political celebrity? If he falls, it should be for reasons more to do with the content of his character, rather than the size of his possible maybe future  offshore accounts wallet.

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Are these wealthy, Not That There's Anything Wrong With That, wannabe public servants, fighting for the regular folk they expect to vote for them? THAT is the question I want answered.

Understanding of a culture you either came from or can relate to is critical, and Americans can smell non-authenticity a mile away. Kennedy's wealth was never a deal breaker … is it Tea Party Tomfoolery or something more?

Melissa Harris-Perry even had the balls to note that liberally beloved Elizabeth Warren was rocking a high six-figure salary at Harvard, so it really truly is a sliding scale of relativity.

Mitt Romney, with the massive wealth of the Mormon Church, his aristocratic family and those pesky details like car elevators to haunt him, didn't offer much in the "I want to knock back a Budweiser with 'ya." category of the Pageant.

The 1975 Rockefeller Dole Bird. Common license.

The 1976 Rockefeller-Dole Bird. Common license.

Here are the Meet the Press vids, mentioned above.

 

Robert Todd Lincoln's Vermont estate, Hildene, is just a few miles down the road from our humble home … and his Dad didn't exactly start out with the sterling silver collection that the Hildene docents show off in Manchester today. Just sayin'.

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VIDEO-- Paul Krugman destroys Fiorina talking points: "Don’t think about bureaucrats....We’ve laid off 100s of 1000s of school teachers."

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In my post Bikini Graph time! Once again, jobs were ADDED, revisions way up. #BlameObama, I quoted Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog:

The unemployment rate was effectively unchanged at 7.9%, and as is often the case, austerity measures undermined the employment landscape

— while America’s private sector added 166,000 jobs in December, the public sector lost 9,000 jobs. Indeed, over the last three months, the nation’s private sector added 624,000 jobs, while 24,000 government jobs were lost.

It’d be easy for Washington to improve the latter number and lower the unemployment rate, but congressional Republicans won’t allow it

As I've previously written, check out public sector job numbers under both Bush and Obama. Somehow under W, rising public sector employment was okay with the GOP, but if the Dems want to hang on to those jobs, it’s some kind of Kenyan Marxist commie union thug plot to destroy America:

chart bush v obama jobs private, public sector

The GOP wants government to shrink, aka firing government workers. Which of course means firing employed people who bring home paychecks that are used to pay for things, which, in turn, boost the economy.

That would make President Obama look good, and Republicans can't have that.

If all those public sector workers had not lost their jobs, there would be over a million more people employed, which of course would bring the unemployment rate down substantially.

That said, check out this video and transcript, courtesy of Think Progress:

CARLY FIORINA: I think it’s important to remember, when we talk about the economy, that a private sector job and a public sector job are not the same things. They’re not equivalent. I’m not saying public sector jobs aren’t important. But a private sector job pays for itself. A private sector job creates other jobs. A public sector job is paid for by taxpayers. [...]

PAUL KRUGMAN: But when we say public sector jobs, it is not a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C.

FIORINA: Oh, it is, actually.

KRUGMAN: When we talk about public sector jobs — when we look at the ones that have been lost in large numbers in this — it’s basically school teachers. Don’t think about bureaucrats. It’s school teachers. What we’ve laid off hundreds of thousands of school teachers.

And when we talk about the cuts in public spending that have happened, they are not, you know, some god awful who knows what. It’s actually public investment. It’s largely fixing potholes and repairing bridges.

So, you know, you have this image of these wasteful bureaucrats doing god knows what. What we’ve seen is an incredible drought of basic infrastructure, and laying off hundreds of thousands of school teachers.

FIORINA: It is a fact that virtually every department in every organization in Washington, D.C. has seen its budget increase for the last 40 years. That money is being paid to hire people. The number of people who are — of course there are some teachers…

KRUGMAN: The vast bulk of public sector employees are at the state and local level. They are largely school teachers plus police officers plus firefighters. And your notion that it’s all these bureaucrats — that’s a myth that’s used…

FIORINA: It’s not a myth, it’s a fact. It’s not a myth, it’s a fact. We don’t have enough private escort job creation.

Krugman 1, Fiorina 0.

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Video- Rachel Maddow Calls Out Attempts To Whitewash Romney's Opposition To Auto Industry Rescue

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Like spitting in the wind with these freaks. Via MM.

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Video- Krugman Debunks Claim That Businesses Pay ‘The Single Highest Tax Rate In The World’

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I hate it when I see women so obliviously in the tank for money. Via TP.

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Poll-itics: Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer leading in polls; Brown's lead doubles

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Dem-mentum!

Meg Whitman's handling of housekeeper scandal and record-breaking spending have cost her support among women, Latinos and independents. Barbara Boxer maintains an 8-point lead over Carly Fiorina. [...]

Brown, the Democratic attorney general and former governor, led Whitman 52% to 39% among likely voters, the poll found. His advantage has more than doubled since a Times/USC poll in September.

The abrupt movement in the race for governor came as Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer held onto her 8-point margin over Republican Carly Fiorina in the U.S. Senate contest. Boxer's 50% to 42% lead was statistically unchanged from September's 51% to 43% edge.

Both are at the 50%+ mark. That's a big deal.

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VIDEO: Carly Fiorina "shipped our jobs to China & India... We even had to train our replacements"

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hearts Carly Fiorina. With a passion.

Just uttering the word "outsourcing" is enough to arouse their corporate libidos for weeks. (If donations persist for more than four hours, call your doctor)

Barbara Boxer is the only sane choice. Period.

H/t: Nicole Belle

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Whitman, Fiorina no-shows at California Palin rally

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Please note: I will be unavailable to post most of the day. Be kind to Paddy, who will be holding down the fort. Send food.

However, before I take off, I have to pop in with one piece about Former Half-Gov Screechy McNailsOnBlackboard's little tirade in Orange County, California yesterday.

It sounded a little something like this:

Tsiowjlkgfsvoeldfklgfkfkljfdhqupikj!!!!!!

It was the typical word salad, full of snide, nasty attitude intended to rile up an already angry conservative electorate. She proudly displayed her usual startling lack of connection to reality:

Palin mocked Fiorina's rival, Sen. Barbara Boxer, as overly concerned about a small endangered fish whose protections have restricted water flowing to farmers in the Central Valley.

"Now where I come from, we call a 2-inch fish, we call that bait," she said.

Shades of her pit bull line. By this time, one might expect some original new material.

But there was something else lacking from her garbled, run-on onslaught of rah-rah gibberish. Or rather someone. Make that two someones:

Whitman and Fiorina cited scheduling conflicts as the reason they could not attend. [...]

[T]he candidates also had political rationales for avoiding a joint appearance. A recent Field poll showed that nearly two-thirds of independent voters in California view Palin unfavorably — and Republicans here need the support of independents to overcome Democrats' double-digit voter registration edge. [...]

For days, [Whitman] has sidestepped questions about Palin.

Asked Saturday if Palin's support was a positive, Whitman replied, "I want everyone on my side."

When asked Friday if Palin, who is believed to be mulling a 2012 White House run, was qualified to be president, Whitman offered a tepid response.

"Technically, she's qualified to be president because you have to be a U.S. citizen and be in good standing, " she said.

While Whitman's distance from Palin reflects the more moderate road she has taken, Fiorina's avoidance is a marked contrast from the primary, when she welcomed Palin's help.

"I want everyone on my side."

"Technically" Screechy is "qualified" because she's a U.S. citizen. (Anyone seen her birth certificate?)

Can't get a more enthusiastic endorsement than that.

Wow.

Now where I come from, we call sidestepping questions about a fellow Republican, we call that epic Palin fail.

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