capitalists on strike? catachresis as the language most befitting the new reality?
I should state from the get go that I'm not sure how much mainstream political rhetoric matters anymore in terms of public response -- i.e. the actual political alignments and allegiances and correspondent political activity of the masses.
I think most of the American public operates with the assumption that nearly all or all politicians are full of shit and this has resulted, ironically, in politicians having even more leeway with regard to their rhetorical audacity. But it is nonetheless interesting how forthright the Right is becoming at both national and states levels of government. There have been times when the industrialist/business side of the Republican Party tried to avoid like the plague anything that hinted of overt class distinction (they rather presented themselves in the "common sense" or "ordinary American values" postures), and there have been times when they have strayed from that "plain American common wisdom" song and dance but I don't know that the straying has ever gone this far before.
Now you have the surreal situation in which Paul Ryan and Co. bemoan a small tax increase on the very wealthy as class warfare, even as that disgrace to the state of Ohio John Boehner tells us that job creators in America are on strike, because they dislike "excessive" regulation, government binge spending, and a "tax code that discourages investment." Add to that the steady stream of lesser Republican politicians saying things like this and this, and you have to at least marvel at the chutzpah. That Boehner uses the overt working class language of class warfare in defense of and applied toward the bourgeoisie is remarkable. I'm not sure if this use of language is more pomo or théâtre de l'absurde. Something tells me Bertolt Brecht would have relished this rhetorical moment, but then again maybe he would have hated it, because there is nothing left to rhetorically exaggerate in order to meet the needs of theater. We are living Die Dreigroschenoper now.
But at very least the Boehner, Ryan, and pals acknowledge that class warfare exists. Obomber cannot, of course, be counted on for that. He's been convinced by his handlers that contemporary economics has to do with math. How quaint.
Yesterday I read a defense of John Fleming's statement about only having 400k left over after "feeding his family" in which, par for the course, the defender pointed out that increased taxation of Fleming would result in less job creation, as 62% or somesuch new jobs come from small businesses, or so the story went. But if those job creators like Fleming are already on strike when it comes to job creation, it seems to me that perhaps we could talk about acquiring some job creator scabs - which could be funded via taxation schemes. Now if Obama were to go tit-for-tat in the use of language here, and actually respond to Boehner by suggesting that job creating scabs be brought in to take the place of Boehner's striking capitalists, that would suggest that the Democrats have a modicum of intent at actually playing the game. But that, of course, will never happen.