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Eric Cantor To Address ‘The Rich-Poor Gap’

From the Politico:

Eric Cantor to address the rich-poor gap in speech at University of Pennsylvania

Cantor to address the rich-poor gap

By: Jake Sherman
October 17, 2011

With protesters in New York and other major cities railing against the widening gap between the nation’s rich and poor, an unlikely political figure will tackle the issue in a major speech Friday: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Why exactly is Mr. Cantor such an unlikely person to talk about economics? That has been his specialty for some time.

The Virginia congressman, the most recent and prominent Republican whipping boy for Democrats, is heading to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to talk about income disparity and how Republicans believe the government could help fix it, an aide said. The speech will zero in on how Washington could help a “a single working mom…a small business owner…and how we make sure the people at the top stay there,” the aide said.

Funny how the Politico would cite a quote about making "sure the people at the top stay there.”

“He’ll talk about the various socioeconomic classes and how Washington should stop pushing different people down the economic ladder and instead can work together to ensure that all people have the ability move up,” the aide said.

The Wall Street protesters, like Obama and the Democrats and socialists everywhere, are demanding equal outcomes from unequal efforts. That isn’t how life works.

And even government can’t make it so. Just ask the Soviet Union. Just ask Cuba.

It’s a political and substantive contrast with the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, the aide said. President Barack Obama is pushing for increased taxes on the rich, something Republicans have rejected. And the GOP has recently turned to attacking Democratic policies as pitting the nation’s top earners against the less fortunate — class warfare, they say.

How vicious those Republicans are.

The frame of Cantor’s speech will be how the government can help all slices of American life

Hopefully, Mr. Cantor will remember that the best way government can help most of us, is to get the hell out of the way.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Eric Cantor To Address ‘The Rich-Poor Gap’”

  1. Astravogel says:

    And what about the ‘smart’ vs. ‘stupid’ gap?
    It seems to me that gap is becoming a major
    problem to the progress of the Nation as a
    whole. Protesting flea party types who can’t
    even elucidate what their objectives are,
    rather than to rase hell, fornicate, trash what
    their forebears left them, and generally get in
    the way of the productive (albeit smaller ever
    year) members of society. Stupid is as stupid

    • proreason says:

      I thought Cantor was a little bit smarter than Boner.

      I guess I was wrong.

      Bachman will run for Speaker after the 2012 election. She would shake things up. A LOT.


      After re-reading the article, my comment might be off-base. What I was complaining about is Republican acceptance that the “rich-poor gap” is a major problem, and it isn’t clear whether Cantor is accepting the premis or not. imho, it is foolish to buy into the premis, because economic disparity is inevitable in a free society. Even discussing a “gap” is marxist thinking. What the Republicans should say is that there is no country in world history in which a person has had more opportunity to improve himself economically, and that there has been no society in which the lower economic rungs were better off than in the US. It’s a function of freedom, and the alternative is socialism, a structure that insures misery and poverty, not success. That may be what Cantor is going to say. I hope so.

  2. BigOil says:

    I believe this is called playing defense.

    Liberals are creating a class warfare playing field – our side should refuse to step on the field.

    Let the next election decide if the American people want to accept their Marxist bs.

    • River0 says:

      You’re right, it’s a defensive move. But just as in chess, if your opponent attacks with even one piece you can’t ignore it. You must counter it in some way. Preferably by launching an attack of your own. Cantor hasn’t shown that he’s up to that, and can follow through.

      Just as with chess, this is the equivalent of moving a rook on the back row. A very powerful gambit. If the GOP doesn’t respond to the gross lies and distortions – such as the constant whitewashing of Federal ineptitude, corruption, and interference – the game could well be over.

      Ann Coulter is right. The mobs and their manipulators are the gravest threat to America now.

  3. sticks says:

    Mr. Cantor, the bigger the government gets the worse our problems become, duh, I wonder if there could be a connection? Now we want to add more government to “solve” problems caused by previous government action, makes sense to me (exreem sarc).

  4. merkelerk says:

    This will not end well.

  5. canary says:

    Obama just publicly “compared” the gangsters protesting Wall Street, whom also now have a violent written decree,…to the tame Tea Party goers.

    And Nancy Pelosi gushed her “god bless them” instead of the tears and fear she expressed of the Tea Parties reminding her of the 70’s.

    The rich Pelosi should put her money where her mouth is and fly her private airplane over the crowd throwing out some of her millions.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    The establishment continues its quest to thwart logic from prevailing in The Narrative.

    Their continued demonstrable ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory is motivated by more than a failed notion that the Republican optics need to be tailored for the Make Believe Media.

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