“Cantor became the first Republican to grab the income inequality mantle, planning a speech at the University of Pennsylvania that focused on his immigrant grandmother’s success in America and the need to ensure equal opportunities for everyone. The speech was canceled amid reports that a local Occupy Wall Street movement would protest at the event.” [Politico, 10/30]
But you’ve got to admit it’s kind of hard to grab that mantle when your policies don’t match the rhetoric:
The GOP has been in charge of the House for 301 days and still haven’t passed a jobs plan to strengthen our economy and address the needs and priorities of middle class families and small businesses. Instead they have chosen to focus on their “Faux 15” bills to benefit the Special Interests claiming they are working on behalf of all Americans.
… it already seems clear that nothing is more important to [Republicans] than protecting corporations and the wealthy from tax increases: not the Pentagon, not homeland security, not education, and not the country’s economic health. [New York Times Editorial, 10/31]
That fact that Republicans have decided to talk about income equality is a tribute to the power of one simple phrase in today’s political culture — and shows the GOP’s concerns about distributing its own message during a time of economic upheaval. The Republican response, however, is to push an old message — cutting taxes and regulations will boost small businesses and increase income for everyone, including those at the bottom of the economic scale. [Politico, 10/30]
Proof? Americans aren’t buying it…
CBS NEWS/NYT POLL
69 percent of Americans say GOP policies favor the rich. [10/25]