How President Obama's Economic Message Could Backfire in 2012
A majority of Americans believe the government is helping the "wrong" people. Whether Obama's message succeeds depends on who those people are.
If there was anything notable about President Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas last week, it was the extent to which he attacked economic inequality in the United States, and its deletrious effects on income mobility:
This, in essence, is President Obama’s message for the next year, and the Obama campaign hopes that it will appeal to the large swath of voters that the president needs to win reelection. As part of their most recent report, the Pew Economic Mobility Project polled Americans on their attitudes toward their finances, their economic futures, and the broader economic climate. The electoral implications of the poll are obvious; if Americans are receptive to the notion that the wealthy have an unfair advantage, then Obama has every reason to double-down on his populist rhetoric. If they aren’t, then the campaign is in for a little revision.
Read the full article at prospect.org.
- Economic Mobility Project