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Mitt Romney's Great Middle-Class Disappearing Act

The great middle-class disappearing act is only one of Mitt Romney's magical illusions. He can make the entire middle class disappear.

I am an amateur magician, a member of the Academy of Magical Arts, the Magic Castle, since 1982. I love magic, the performance, the training, the connection to the audience and their suspension of disbelief. It’s an art form, and the best magicians are artists, actors, raconteurs, comedians, and some are even successful businessmen and women. You know the best magician in the business? Mitt Romney! He can make the entire middle class disappear.

Romney performs without a cape or a wand, but has a troop of friends, and the profound suspension of disbelief of the Tea Party, religious extremists, very rich people, and my next door neighbor, who is not among the top 1 percent of the richest people in America. I mean, even if he learns magic, he’ll never be a multi-millionaire, and Mitt will never invite him to perform at the White House. And yet, he will cheer and applaud as the middle class goes bye-bye. Go figure.

This week’s display of magical skullduggery sees Mitt trying to pass a 20 percent across the board tax cut without anyone noticing. In the business, it’s called misdirection. In reality, it actually boosts the income of the wealthiest taxpayers while reducing the income of the middle class (according to a nonpartisan report of the centrist Tax Policy Center). Ah, that Mitt; he’s a tricky one.

“Trickle-down” is another of Mitt’s classic illusions. They tried that trick in the 1920s and voila: the Great Depression.

It took another kind of magic, the New Deal, and a new magician, FDR, to create jobs, create much needed infrastructure (now in need of repair), new highways, Medicare, and other government programs to help lift the poor out of poverty and actually build the Middle Class in America. Old tricks, maybe, but they worked. Trickle-down only works in the Alps.

The Great Recession of the 2010s has made it harder for people to remain in the middle class. It may take a little magic to make the voters give a damn.

Jac Flanders is the author of “What I Learned On The Way Down,” eBook and paperback versions from Amazon.com

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anna hershey August 11, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Jac Flanders did not learn much on his way down
Jay Berman August 11, 2012 at 05:05 PM
How does this garbage get printed ? What a steaming load of Excrement ....
Tom Yarnall August 20, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I don't take credit for the following, but exemplifies the true effect of trickle down economics. So the Romneys are selfish for keeping a horse? And employing a groom with a family to support. And paying for feed that's sold by someone with a family to support and transported in trucks by someone with a family to support and manufactured in a factory by people with families to support from stuff that's grown by farmers with families to support. And having a barn built by construction workers with families to support with materials trucked by drivers with families to support from factories with workers with families to support. Sounds to me like that one horse has done more to put Americans to work than that horse's ass in the White House.

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