Last week The World’s Biggest Liar told part of the truth for once:
[President Obama] wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.
The pundits called this a gaffe. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Mitt Romney knew exactly what he was saying. He was laying out his strategy to win the White House and stay there.
Romney’s policies — indeed, all Republican policies — are designed to concentrate as much wealth as possible into as few hands as possible. As the middle class disappears, and as the social safety net is shredded to pay for an endless stream of tax giveaways, President Romney and his henchmen must keep an increasingly impoverished rabble from storming the Capitol with pitchforks and hand grenades. There are two ways to accomplish this. One way is to start a war. That’s how George W. Bush got a second term. The preferred (and less messy) method is to exploit domestic scapegoats.
“Divide and Conquer” isn’t just Scott Walker’s strategy for destroying labor unions in Wisconsin. It’s also the chief Republican strategy (along with voter suppression) for holding on to power nationwide. Teachers, cops, and firefighters may be nice people, but they’re still unionized government workers, and Republicans must make them the enemy. That’s why Romney says, “It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.” Government workers are not real Americans. They’re more like parasites, and real Americans must be encouraged to hate them.
Scapegoating firefighters isn’t easy, and Mitt Romney may prove to be lousy at it. He is, after all, a lying, flip-flopping stiff. But he has a strategy, and he’s sticking to it.
UPDATE: The Romney campaign isn’t backing off an inch. See here.