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By Jules Witcover | February 3, 2012
As the Republican presidential race moves to Nevada, land of roulette wheels, craps tables and slot machines, where dreams of quick riches are often broken, Mitt Romneycontinues to struggle with the political consequences of the millions he's made through the sweat of his hard-earned investments. The release of his most recent tax returns revealed how he successfully gamed the tax system by virtue of the low 15 percent capital gains rate, allowing him legally to avoid the 35 percent many other Americans pay. At the same time, his tin ear on the plight of the nonrich still plagues him, giving him a Marie Antoinette tinge.
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By Jules Witcover | April 28, 2014
Probably no single episode did more to assure President Obama's 2012 re-election than that supposedly private fundraising lunch at which Mitt Romney famously declared that "47 percent of Americans" would never vote for him. The remark, unexpectedly captured on video, spread swiftly over the Internet and the airwaves, marking the hapless Mr. Romney in his own words as an elitist icon of the rich, unable or unwilling to comprehend how the other half...
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October 25, 2011
I couldn't have agreed more when Dan Rodricks stated the Wall Street protesters didn't start class warfare ("Occupiers didn't start the class warfare," Oct. 23), but I sure know who did. That well-deserved honor goes to our current, illustrious President Barack Obama. His presidency is so bogged down by failures and wrong choices (despite his recent arrogant claim that every choice he's made has been the right one) that his only hope of being re-elected lies in his ability to pit one against the other.
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March 27, 2014
It is unfortunate that Baltimore's major newspaper uses language suggestive of class warfare in its editorial about estate tax relief ( "The $431 million payoff," March 21). "Aging millionaire?" "Ultra-rich?" "Manor homes and penthouses?" The editorial's rhetoric and misleading statistics ignore the real issue: Middle-class Marylanders who have worked hard and saved throughout their lives now find themselves forced to restructure their estates, give away their assets (and hope they don't run out of money)
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By Dan Rodricks | March 25, 2010
Over all the years since the Reagan administration, whenever I mentioned the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, and between the rich and the middle, certain people in the room threw the class warfare flag, marched off a 15-yard penalty and accused me of making stuff up. And it was always Republicans, conservative independents, or self-described libertarians who complained -- pretty much the same people who now stand on the wrong side of...
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By Jules Witcover | May 1, 2012
It was going to happen anyway, but Mitt Romney's wealth and history as a healer of troubled corporations doubly assures that this year's presidential campaign will see a return in spades to good old "class warfare. " David Axelrod, President Obama's chief strategist, put it this way to reporters the other day: "This is a candidate (Mr. Obama) who has a mission ... and that is to rebuild an economy in which the middle class is thriving, in which people can get ahead, in which everybody from Main Street to Wall Street plays by the same rules and gets a fair shake.
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By Dan Rodricks | September 19, 2010
The 2009 census shows that one in seven Americans now live below the government's laughable poverty line for a family of four: $21,954. (How many more families of four live between $21,955 and, say, $31,954 a year? Are they not impoverished?) More than 20 percent of all children are poor. We have not seen these levels since the 1960s. Recession and the loss of millions of American jobs in the last three years have been cited as the reasons for the recent rise in poverty. But there's a lot more to it than that.
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Dan Rodricks | October 22, 2011
Nobody asked me, but I'll bet cash money that half the people who complain about Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Baltimore and ridicule the protesters didn't vote in the last election and never took part in a public demonstration of any kind. And those who decry "class warfare" from high atop their millions can't make it go away by doing so. That's what we have after 30 years of generally stagnant wages for the middle class, matched against the largest concentration of wealth in the nation's history, and accompanied by the highest level of poverty since the government started measuring it. As my friend Donna says, "It is what it is," and Americans are finally starting to complain about it. -o- Nobody asked me, but why are we still playing this game?
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By Bailey O'Malia | September 14, 2012
"The Real Housewives of Miami," rather amazingly, manages to create class warfare between the rich and the equally rich. The first episode of the second season introduces us to the usual cast of rich women: Ana, who shares a strangely functional relationship with her soon-to-be ex-husband; Karent, “dentist to the stars;” Lea, who thinks the only solution to the musty smell in her multi-million dollar mansion is to tear it down; Lisa, or the...
NEWS
October 16, 2013
The combination of democracy and capitalism is causing a dilemma for this country's voters. As shown in a recent study, the wealthy have little or no concern for those less well-off. The welfare of the poor and the middle class is not a concern of theirs. This contradicts the hope of many voters who believe that one who has mastered the system will use those same skills on their behalf. These voters have consistently voted for rich candidates hoping and expecting to share in their success.
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By Jonah Goldberg | January 7, 2013
By all accounts, President Barack Obama won the fiscal cliff showdown. Why anyone would take much pride in this kind of "win" is beyond me. It's a bit like being the least filthy toddler in the mud pit. One of the main reasons Mr. Obama won, according not only to Mr. Obama but an at times cheering press, is that he had a mandate. He ran on the need for the wealthy to "pay their fair share. " To his credit, Mr. Obama never said raising taxes on the "rich" will solve all of our problems.
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October 31, 2012
Before WWII, a large number of people were against America's involvement in the wars in Europe and Asia. After Pearl Harbor, however, that argument disappeared, and virtually everyone got involved. Sons of rich families enlisted. The Kennedys, for example, lost a son and a daughter and of course, Jack Kennedy was seriously injured. Movie stars like Jimmy Stewart and sports figures all joined ordinary people in the fight. Those at home sacrificed by needing coupons to buy meat, sugar, flour and many other things.
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Dan Rodricks | October 27, 2012
In the great pile of email that arrived after last Sunday's column on millionaires who whine about "class warfare," there were numerous defenses of wealthy "job creators like Mitt Romney," and an equal number of attacks on "liberals like President Obama" who believe the rich should start paying more in income taxes again. Beachterp — that's his email handle (he did not provide his full name when asked) — made a number of assertions about millionaires, including Maryland's, and the unfairness of asking them to contribute more of their earnings to the public treasuries.
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Dan Rodricks | October 20, 2012
As I drove by the old Playhouse cinema on 25th Street in Baltimore the other day, I thought of the hapless fellow I encountered on the screen there in the 1970s — Nino, the lead character in "Bread and Chocolate," a comedy about a poor Italian waiter who tries to make a living among the affluent of Switzerland. At one point in his degrading odyssey, Nino agrees to give his hard-earned savings to an industrialist, who promises to invest it for him. Alas, the businessman turns out to be engaged in a stock swindle, and, facing prison, he commits suicide.
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By Bailey O'Malia | September 14, 2012
"The Real Housewives of Miami," rather amazingly, manages to create class warfare between the rich and the equally rich. The first episode of the second season introduces us to the usual cast of rich women: Ana, who shares a strangely functional relationship with her soon-to-be ex-husband; Karent, “dentist to the stars;” Lea, who thinks the only solution to the musty smell in her multi-million dollar mansion is to tear it down; Lisa, or the...
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2012
Dan Deacon is obsessed with apocalypse. From a dilapidated couch in his Station North practice space, the city's best-known electronic musician and composer quickly rattles off a list: the United States' "growing military stronghold," drone warfare, genetically modified foods, fracking to produce oil and natural gas. "We're living in constant flux, and there's this growing stranglehold on our individual liberties and our collective liberties," Deacon,...
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2012
Dan Deacon is obsessed with the apocalypse. From a dilapidated couch in his Station North practice space, the city's most well known electronic musician and composer quickly rattles off grim crises: the United States' "growing military stronghold," drone warfare, genetically modified foods, fracking to find oil. "We're living in constant flux and there's this growing stranglehold on our individual liberties and our collective liberties," Deacon,...
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