Before President Obama's speech yesterday, the republican talking points warned us that he talks good, so don't trust him. We were all expecting nice rhetoric. And he did not disappoint.
But since the tax cut fiasco last December, whenever Obama talks about helping the middle class, I check to see if my wallet's missing. You remember, we all got to keep more of our payroll tax, while certain of us, specifically the working poor, got to see our federal tax deduction increase.
So when our President talks about protecting social security for the middle class, I feel like Dorothy telling the wizard, "Oh, I don't think there's anything in that black bag for me."
Notice how he almost forgetfully mentions Medicaid when talking about health care entitlements, for example. He, as do most democrats, sees the working poor as an embarrassed afterthought. It's not that he believes we aren't important; he just doesn't see us.
Yet there are an awful lot of people who work for Wal-Mart, and the republicans speak to them. They lie, but they speak to them.
And until we democrats learn to acknowledge the existence, and importance, of the working poor, they will continue to vote for those who look them in the eyes and lie to them.