Los Angeles, CA – July 26, 2012 – President Obama is facing a massive smear campaign by right wing forces for pointing out the interconnectedness of society and how those with the most are benefitting from society. The Socialist Party USA Presidential ticket of Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza agree with this sentiment while, at the same time, pointing out that President Obama’s record raises questions as to whether his sentiment is genuine.
“It is not a Marxist idea nor a socialist idea that members of society support one another,” explains Alexander. “Even Adam Smith said, ‘We shall be sensible that without the assistance and co-operation of many thousands, the very meanest person in a civilized country could not be provided, […] the easy and simple manner in which he is commonly accommodated.’ Only a sociopath could deny it though capitalism does its best to ignore it.”
However, President Obama’s record does not speak to this understanding. During his term, he continued the Bush bailout of some of the people who contribute least to society, even harm it, while at the same time he has coordinated attacks against productive members of society in Occupy from the White House. He has spent the past two years negotiating a multi-lateral trade treaty where the United States has insisted upon provisions that make environmental and labor laws unenforceable.
“President Obama is appealing to sentiments that are running strong among the American people,” says Mendoza, “but he doesn’t share them. He is trying to build momentum for the end for a tax cut for our richest who don’t need it when he knows he can count on the Tea Party to prevent him from actually going through with it. His record shows that he is no different than Romney and Romney has embraced the message while attacking it at the same time. Americans need to opt out of the hype and wake up to the reality of who Obama is – he’s Mitt Romney.”
Alexander and Mendoza would scrap the current trade deal, withdraw from NAFTA and the WTO, and design a trade plan which rewards high labor and environmental standards while punishing the opposite. They propose immediately returning the top tax rate to the 1980 rate of 70% without raising taxes on the lowest 60%.