There is an illusion in America that the Founding Fathers intended for the nation to be a representative democracy, but their initial plans promoted oligarchy. The Founders limited voting to landowners and restricted women, slaves, and the poor from voting so the wealthy controlled the government. Although every legal citizen has the right to vote today, the country is still controlled by an elite group of industrialists, bankers, and wealthy individuals who have opposed any measures to assuage the highest rate of income inequality in generations that has provoked thousands to join the Occupy Wall Street movement that is sweeping the country and indeed, the world.
On Sunday, Eric Cantor commented on the income disparity between the richest Americans who control nearly all the wealth, and the rest of the population by claiming Americans need to rely on the wealthy to fix the inequality that is driving the populist uprising across the country. Cantor’s remarks may seem like Republicans are finally getting the message that the majority of Americans are fed up with their declining income and quality of life, but his motivation is not altruistic or to find an equitable solution to the growing chasm between rich and poor Americans; it is to pacify the public and engender support for Republican plans to maintain the status quo and where possible, hand more wealth to the elites who control America.
There is no change in Cantor or the Republicans in Congress, but there is a slight change in terminology that appears to be premeditated to mask a continuation of Republicans’ corporatist agenda. Cantor said, “We know in this country there is a complaint on the folks on the top end of the income scale that they make too much and folks on the end don’t make enough. We need to encourage those on the top income scale to create more jobs. We are about income mobility and that’s what we should be focused on to take care of the income disparity.” Up until Sunday, when Cantor and Republicans spoke about the “folks on the top end of the income scale,” they referred to them as “job creators” and regardless of the change in terminology; Cantor was still talking about the Republicans vaunted job creators.
It does not take a genius to figure out that Cantor’s little nod to income inequality will not change the Republican jobs plan that favors the wealthy and corporations with deregulation and tax cuts as a means of spurring economic growth. Cantor has consistently proven that maintaining income inequality is his party’s impetus for all of their policies. Cantor has been a reliable proponent for the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, and he voted to make them permanent. He also refused to allow President Obama’s jobs plan to come up for a vote because it includes a tax increase on millionaires and billionaires to pay for creating 1.9 million jobs. The Republican jobs plan is really more entitlements for the wealthy and corporations that are sitting on huge amounts of cash they are never going to use to create jobs unless their tax liability reaches zero and all regulations are eliminated. If Cantor was serious about income inequality, he would stop giving the wealthy advantages the other 98% of the country never sees.
Cantor was a co-sponsor of reducing capital gains taxes that most working-class Americans never get to use. Republicans have made the income disparity worse with their policies over the years, and as if to add insult to injury, suggest that increasing taxes on middle class and poor Americans will help level the income gap as well as reduce the nation’s debt. Cantor in particular favors raising taxes on the middle class and the poor. In April he complained that 50% of Americans do not pay income taxes, but he did not mention that the reason many Americans do not pay income taxes is because they live in abject poverty because their jobs were outsourced or that their income steadily declined as the wealthy’s has grown because of Republican policies.
Republicans may be evil and single-minded in their drive to maintain the wealthy’s grip on power and wealth, but they see the Occupy Wall Street movement gaining support and Cantor is just attempting to pacify Americans who are finally speaking out against the income inequality in America. However, Cantor will have to do more than change his party’s terminology because Americans know that hoping the wealthy will create jobs is a pipe-dream and will never accomplish anything. Eric Cantor cannot hide from his record of supporting policies that created the income disparity in America and until his actions change, he can say whatever he pleases but the American people will not fall for his lies any longer. What Cantor really meant when he said “We need to encourage those on the top income scale to create more jobs,” was that Americans should allow Republicans to eliminate regulations and provide the wealthy and corporations with more tax cuts so they might create jobs.
Based on the Bush-Republican policies that Cantor still champions, giving the wealthy more entitlements will increase the income disparity that has enraged Americans across the country. There is no way Americans can trust Cantor because he is a liar and supports the latest Republican job creation plan that is nothing more than Bush policies of deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy. Cantor may fool some of his party’s supporters, but for Americans who are watching their income decrease and their jobs vanish; he only changed the term job creators to “the wealthy.”
At least the little liar could have waited a month or so because last week he promoted giving job creators more taxpayer largesse to create jobs, and on Sunday he wants to give the wealthy the same benefits. It is apparent that the Occupy Wall Street movement is having an effect on Republicans, but it will take more than a word change to trick the protestors or the American people. Cantor and his Republican cohorts can prove they are serious by voting for President Obama’s jobs plan in its entirety and they can also significantly raise taxes on those wealthy job creators as well as revoke corporate entitlements and subsidies. Anything less is just more bovine excrement from Cantor.