And Hillary Clinton isn’t any better. They’re both giving Obama hell for saying the following:
“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama was quoted as saying by the Huffington Post.
“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” he said.
To this, a McCain aide said the following
A McCain aide, Steve Schmidt, also criticized Obama for the comments, telling Politico newspaper “it shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking.”
This is a man that implies that the mortgage crisis is being caused by people not working second jobs, skipping vacations, or living on a budget all the while he’s one of the richest men in the Senate. He supports the tax cuts for the rich (of course).
And of course there’s Clinton who can only speak in soundbites and politically correct terms.
“As I travel around Pennsylvania, I meet people who are resilient, who are optimistic, who are positive, who are rolling up their sleeves. They are working hard everyday for a better future, for themselves and their children,”
Resilient just means they’ve put up with a lot of shit and not committed suicide or murder. What they are is working hard and not getting any further ahead.
Here’s the thing about what Obama said – it was cold and not PC, but he’s mostly right. These people are bitter and pissed off. Their homes are being foreclosed on, their jobs moved to India, the mom and pop stores have long been replaced by Walmarts. They should be more pissed off.
Here’s where Obama is wrong – it’s not just middle America that’s bitter. It’s not just the small towns – it’s the big cities too. It’s not just white people – it’s people of all colors. They look at the government, the lack of jobs; the bending over backward for banks, insurance companies, or pharmaceutical corporations and wonder why they don’t bend over backwards for the citizens of this country. This government made it harder for hard working people to get the relief of bankruptcy, but corporations don’t seem to have this problem.
It’s a wonder that Ralph Nader doesn’t have more support when you see how stacked the cards are against the people.