If ever you wondered how it came to be that the Republican Party was running these monosyllabic chimpanzees as fit for leader of the free world, you need look no further than how easily they are duped and by whom.
Frank Luntz is the man to whom I am referring. You know, the GOP spin doctor. He takes public options and death panels them into “government takeovers.” He is the man you can thank for keeping the Republican political dialogue dishonest. Frank is to the party what Fox News is to the base.
This guy is scared of Occupy Wall Street. He wants to convince Occupy Wall Street to blame anyone but Wall Street. Frank told Republican governors this week, “I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death.”
Yes, finally we have Frank on the run because we grabbed the cycle ahead of him and now he’s playing catch up. He handed down his wisdom from on high regarding the ten ways Republicans can stop the success of OWS and their framing of capitalism as a failure.
Oh, wait. Frank didn’t put it quite that way.
“They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.” Yes, an impact. And only the chosen few are allowed to drive the conversation about who should be protected in our economy.
What Frank may be missing is that many Americans also feel this way about Wall Street, not just Occpuiers. But you can forgive Frank if he’s scared of you and forgive him if he, like all Republicans, lives in a Fox bubble and thinks that everyone else is as ignorant as the leaders they are running for President.
Here are the ten ways Frank suggests Republicans take back the discussion on how to protect the top 1% and kill the Occupy Wall Street movement (tell me again how Republicans and Democrats are “just the same”?). Yahoo reported:
1. Don’t say ‘capitalism.’
“I’m trying to get that word removed and we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free market,’ ” Luntz said. “The public . . . still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we’re seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we’ve got a problem.”
Note to Frank: Too late.
2. Don’t say that the government ‘taxes the rich.’ Instead, tell them that the government ‘takes from the rich.’
Poor little rich boy! Of course. Again, Frank: No one feels sorry for the 1% but the severely mentally challenged puppets y’all are running for office.
“If you talk about raising taxes on the rich,” the public responds favorably, Luntz cautioned. But “if you talk about government taking the money from hardworking Americans, the public says no. Taxing, the public will say yes.”
The public knows who hard working Americans are, Frank. Really.
3. Republicans should forget about winning the battle over the ‘middle class.’ Call them ‘hardworking taxpayers.’
“They cannot win if the fight is on hardworking taxpayers. We can say we defend the ‘middle class’ and the public will say, I’m not sure about that. But defending ‘hardworking taxpayers’ and Republicans have the advantage.”
But of course, Frank, even this is not exactly true as Republicans want to raise taxes on “hardworking taxpayers” also known as people who reside in the middle class, also known as – gasp – labor.
4. Don’t talk about ‘jobs.’ Talk about ‘careers.’
“Everyone in this room talks about ‘jobs,'” Luntz said. “Watch this.”
He then asked everyone to raise their hand if they want a “job.” Few hands went up. Then he asked who wants a “career.” Almost every hand was raised.
“So why are we talking about jobs?”
Because a lot of people don’t have one, Frank. Really. And when vast numbers of Americans are unemployed, it hurts all of us, including corporations who want to sell things.
5. Don’t say ‘government spending.’ Call it ‘waste.’
“It’s not about ‘government spending.’ It’s about ‘waste.’ That’s what makes people angry.”
Yes, like government wasting trillions on bailouts for corporations receiving favoritism from the government in a decidedly opposite of Capitalism manner.
6. Don’t ever say you’re willing to ‘compromise.’
This is a nutty version where Frank says Republicans should say they cooperate not that they compromise, but we all know Republicans do not cooperate. Cooperation is part of working together and Republicans don’t believe in that. Clearly.
The Party of No ringing a bell for Frank?
7. The three most important words you can say to an Occupier: ‘I get it.’
“First off, here are three words for you all: ‘I get it.’ . . . ‘I get that you’re angry. I get that you’ve seen inequality. I get that you want to fix the system.”
Then, he instructed, offer Republican solutions to the problem.
Yeah, Frank, that’s so 2008 circa 2009 redoux. Republican solutions would be?
Right. Lowering taxes on the “hardworking taxpayers” otherwise known as the top 1%. Try it, Frank. I dare you.
8. Out: ‘Entrepreneur.’ In: ‘Job creator.’
Use the phrases “small business owners” and “job creators” instead of “entrepreneurs” and “innovators.”
Frank, y’all have been playing job creator for a while and it was actually busted a while ago when the 99% figured out that they are the job creators. But go ahead, give that spin. I’d love to hear the GOP Posse double down on smugilicious “job creators” at the next debate. Right, because we will never catch on, Frank!
9. Don’t ever ask anyone to ‘sacrifice.’
“There isn’t an American today in November of 2011 who doesn’t think they’ve already sacrificed. If you tell them you want them to ‘sacrifice,’ they’re going to be pretty angry at you. You talk about how ‘we’re all in this together.’ We either succeed together or we fail together.”
But Frank, you all succeeded on our backs and we did not. So, no. Just no.
10. Always blame Washington.
Tell them, “You shouldn’t be occupying Wall Street, you should be occupying Washington. You should occupy the White House because it’s the policies over the past few years that have created this problem.”
Of course, Frank wants to co-opt Occupy to work for the Republicans by making Occupy appear to hate government and hate Obama, but see, Frank, Occupy wants the government to do MORE to protect the people from the greed of people like you.
And no, Frank, Obama wasn’t in the White House when deregulation swept the nation nor was he in the White House when the TARP give-aways were passed. Since taking office, he has tried to reform Wall Street and has used stimulus money to actually help the economy instead of giving billions to his buddies with no strings attached. Remember, Frank, that the auto industry paid us back whereas Wall Street did not.
And Luntz’s Christmas BONUS:
Don’t say ‘bonus!’
Luntz advised that if they give their employees an income boost during the holiday season, they should never refer to it as a “bonus.”
“If you give out a bonus at a time of financial hardship, you’re going to make people angry. It’s ‘pay for performance.'”
“Performance” that teachers, union workers, janitors etc do not deserve is implied in this statement. Frank thinks you will walk away shamed from this. But the truth is sort of out there already and that is that Wall Street gave bonuses to people whose job performance sucked and guess who paid for their failures? We did.
We’re sorta thinking we deserve the bonus this year, Frank.
When you ask yourself why Frank Luntz has been so successful in the past in co-opting language, you probably realize that most Americans didn’t know who he was until his part in killing the public option and now trying to kill “ObamaCares” as a government takeover proved so successful. Ironically, as noted in his above spin, Frank is usually saying the opposite of the truth and ObamaCares actually uses the free market of competition to keep prices down.
Frank is terrified of the American Autumn and he thinks he can spin the top 1%’s way out of it. Frank’s list makes it crystal clear that Republicans are not the party of the 99%, that they are afraid of the people’s awakening and that they are terrified by the implications for Wall Street. Now, why exactly would they be scared if they really were working for the betterment of the American people?
It’s as if Frank thinks that we don’t know that the Republicans in congress are trying to make the middle class pay for the payroll tax cut – that their Grover Norquist pledge was only good so long as it applied to the 1%. They ruined our credit rating for their pledge, but they won’t raise taxes even by a small percentage point on the top 1%.
They think public sector workers should bear the burden of “shared sacrifices” – oh, they’re not calling it that anymore, forgive me – they’re going to tell you that we’re all “in this together” and by that, they mean, you should take the hit on this one again. If that isn’t insulting enough, they’re also suggesting that we do means testing for Social Security to pay for the payroll tax cuts. Funny thing – I don’t remember Republicans wanting to pay for war, the Bush tax cuts or Medicare Party D. But suddenly they want to pay for everything, like the drunken uncle at Christmas pretending that he’s reformed by buying gifts for everyone that he put on the stolen credit card of his out of work mother.
Frank Luntz would love to co-opt OWS into blaming anyone but Wall Street for the festering economic injustice plaguing them; in fact, if Frank gets his way, OWS will blame the current government for all of his party’s choices, because Republicans keep trying to convince you that government is the problem (hence why they are so bad at it). But the people want government to help them, they believe that government did not do enough to regulate Wall Street. They want Wall Street forced to play by the same rules as everyone else. They want economic justice.
They are occupying Wall Street because they want people put before profits and the only entity that can make that happen is government. This is one of the main reasons for having government, for Pete’s sake. Government is supposed to protect us from the profit motive in certain areas where civilized people realized we must do so. Frank and the Republicans do not want you to realize this and they think they can trick everyone into blaming anyone but the bad actors.
One thing Americans have learned is that if we refuse to participate actively in politics, we end up being governed by Frank’s monosyllabic chimpanzees.
Thanks, but no thanks, Frank. We’ve got this one.
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