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Dick Cheney

'Class war' themes resurface in party rhetoric

'Class war' themes resurface in party rhetoric

There's something eminently straightforward about President Obama's State of the Union proposal to raise taxes on the richest Americans and boost income for the middle class. Robin Hood had the same idea, and the Republican Party has endlessly declared it "class warfare." In a way, the attempt reflects Mr. Obama's hour of distress in having to deal with a Congress in GOP hands in both the House and Senate. He is striving now to change the national conversation from the stalled economy of the previous six years of his presidency to the encouraging signs of job and investment growth that are only now appearing. His message is a...