Rep. Ryan accuses Obama of 'sowing social unrest'

It's about time someone pointed out the consequences of Obama's reckless class warfare rhetoric.


House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will take direct aim at President Barack Obama in a speech Wednesday morning, accusing him of "preying on the emotions of fear, envy and resentment" as he travels the country to sell his jobs plan.

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Ryan plans to say that Obama's method of rallying public support for his $447 billion jobs package was "sowing social unrest and class resentment" and could be "just as damaging as his misguided policies," according to excerpts obtained by POLITICO.

"Instead of working together where we agree, the president has opted for divisive rhetoric and the broken politics of the past," Ryan will say, according to speech excerpts. "He is going from town to town, impugning the motives of Republicans, setting up straw men and scapegoats, and engaging in intellectually lazy arguments, as he tries to build support for punitive tax hikes on job creators."

"Pitting one group against another only distracts us from the true sources of inequity in this country - corporate welfare that enriches the powerful, and empty promises that betray the powerless," Ryan also plans to say.

In his prepared remarks, Ryan accuses Obama of using "class-based rhetoric" in his re-election campaign. Obama's tactics, he will say, make "America weaker, not stronger."

"Instead of appealing to the hope and optimism that were hallmarks of his first campaign, he has launched his second campaign by preying on the emotions of fear, envy, and resentment," Ryan says, according to his prepared remarks.

Every Republican on the Hill and those running for president should be repeating these things daily. The only way Obama can win is by dividing America by class and pitting the have nots against the haves. But countering that argument is vital so that the disease of class warfare does not gain a foothold and create conditions ripe for the tar and feather crowd to go off on those they believe are better off than them.

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