- 5:02 pm - Wed, Jul 25, 2012
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama should stop talking about the middle class because it turns people against rich Americans, who should be embraced as the Michael Jordans of the U.S. economy, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Monday.
Declaring that the use of the phrase “middle class” is “misguided and wrong and even dangerous,” Kyl argued in a Senate floor speech that Obama is “spreading economic resentment [that] weakens American values” and ignoring “the uniquely meritocratic basis of our society.”
Yep. Not only is the middle class disappearing in real terms, Jon Kyl thinks we should disappear the middle class from our language.
Oh my god they covered this on The Young Turks yesterday and it was HILARIOUS. Watch this video (John Kyl starts talking out of his ass around :45):
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He has the nerve to say, “Who is this ‘middle class’? Am I middle class? I don’t know?” It is truly unbelievable. The Republicans are defending tax cuts for the wealthy and then saying, “We don’t have ‘classes’ in America! There is no middle, upper, or lower class!” Oh really? Then who do all these tax breaks you’re protecting apply to? Yeahhhh that’s what I thought.
(Source: existentialcrisisfactory, via other-stuff)