Rick Santorum Tells Conservatives to Stop Using the Economic Term “Middle Class”

santorum-cpacI often say the Republican party – and the “conservative movement” as a whole – is largely based on propaganda.  I use the term “bumper sticker politics.”  They’re driven by short, simple talking points and rhetoric that might sound good to people who are being told what they want to hear – it just doesn’t make any sense.

You know, things like not calling wealthy people rich, you have to call them “job creators.”  It’s not trying to legalize discrimination against gays, it’s a push to protect “religious freedom.”  They’re not trying to ban abortions, they’re “protecting women’s health from unsafe abortion clinics.”

It’s all propaganda.

Take the comments Rick Santorum made while speaking at CPAC on Friday about the middle class.  Santorum said conservatives should stop using the term “middle class” because it’s (and I quote), “class-envy leftist language that divides America against themselves. Classes in America? Do we really accept the fact there are classes in America?”

YES – we do!  

You know why?  Because it’s basic economics.  For a society to be successful, you need 3 distinct classes of people.  The upper class, middle class (the most important) and working class.  It’s why I’ve argued that taking care of the poor is vital for this nation’s health because a lot of the goods we enjoy at affordable prices are provided by people working jobs which don’t demand high wages.

It’s why we need things like a minimum wage to ensure these people don’t fall below a certain level of poverty.  Why health care should be a right, not a privilege only given to those who can afford it.

The fact we need three distinct classes, with the middle class being the largest and most important, is what made this country what it is today.

Using the term “middle class” isn’t “leftist class-evny” – it’s called understanding simple economics.

Republicans have already waged a war on proven science, are they now out to rewrite economics books simply because people are growing sick and tired of their top-down economic approach to everything?

It’s basically the go-to move for Republicans.  If it’s something that doesn’t support their warped and twisted ideology, call it “leftist propaganda.”

Santorum’s comments highlight the real problem within conservative ideology – it’s that these people simply don’t get it.  And if the comments I’ve witnessed coming from this year’s CPAC are any indication of the future of their party – they never will.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Diane Stanley

    He’s so stupid, it makes my head hurt. 🙁

  • Phil the observer

    My head hurts and my eyes are bleeding…..If I had a dog that dumb, I would sell it to someone I DON’T like..

  • Sunny Ray

    What did you expect from an idiot that compares homosexuality to polygamy?

  • Edward Krebbs

    So trickle-down has gutted the middle class (for years they’ve defined middle class as folks making something like 200k a year – from memory – in order to corrupt the idea). Now we return to the conservative lexicon and just delete middle class from the dictionary ?

  • Let’s get serious

    They are actively working to kill the middle class. Of course they should not use the expression — it is a way to remember the dead.

  • Spyros Kouvoussis

    A society needs an upper class to be successful? Then what are your differences with Republicans? No society needs a blood thirsty upper class.

  • Phil B.

    Of course. In his world there are only Republicans, and Serfs.

  • AlbertCat

    Oh c’mon Rick! At least wait until you’ve eliminated the middle class before striking them from the lexicon.

  • Ronny Finn

    I hope the government borrows more money, to pay for our student loan debt. We shouldn’t have to pay for education. I hope the federal reserves keeps printing money. Deficits are good, there is no negative impact to our country. We should allow the nsa to spy on us, and continue to punish non violent criminals for drug use, we need to keep sending foreign aid. We need more government control of our lives, we need more politicians to tell us what we need. We need to spend more than 600 million on websites that crash, It obviously wasn’t enough.

  • Andrew Raymond

    Alternatively, you could argue that he believes that the term can be eliminated since the Reganite mission to wipe them out has now been accomplished. In that, he could be said to have a point — and an evil one.

  • Jim Wiggin

    There is one further class which has been important to the success of capitalist economies: the unemployed. To listen to GOP politicians and their conservative think tank masters, you would think that the only acceptable goal for an Administration would be 0% unemployment. Historically, the last thing business owners want to see is low unemployment rates because that drives up labor costs, labor being a commodity. A healthy amount of unemployment is necessary to keep wages down and workers fearful of losing their jobs.