Sep 20, 2011
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I had a whole long post with links and stuff for this, but I accidentally closed the tab and Tumblr is awful. I’ll sum it up with bullet points sans links that you’re just going to have to trust me on.

  • Fleming was a doctor (and a good one) before becoming a Congressman/business owner, and was apparently the first in Louisiana to computerize all his medical records. Of course he doesn’t support Obamacare.
  • Fleming saying he has $400K (after $200K to “feed his family,” which includes no children younger than 21) doesn’t bug me; raising the specter of class warfare does.
  • Why does that bug me? Because it’s inevitably those who have othering those who do not as envious potential combatants. Though, given how the Bush tax cuts and Clintonian deregulation worked out for those who have and those who have not, I’d say it’s pretty clear a) that Fleming is right about class warfare not creating jobs; b) who has been profiting during our times “without class warfare.”
  • That class warfare canard-slash-dog-whistle is going to be used to trick middle-class and lower-middle-class Americans (mostly white) into thinking that Obama is trying to take from them and give to welfare recipients (socially constructed as minorities, and lazy ones), because that’s what it’s designed to do.
  • Why is it designed to do that? Because most Americans want to think they are Haves, and guard against being Have Nots.
  • Spoiler alert: On the spectrum of American life, most of us are Have Nots; on the relative scale of human life, most of us are Haves.
  • Fleming is almost surely in office now both because of redistricting that helped make the 4th District a lot less black and because of a non-traditional voting date: after his predecessor, Jim McCrery, got 71% and 57% of the 4th District’s votes in 2002 and 2006 (he ran unopposed in 2004), Fleming won by 350 votes in 2008 in a special December election that brought out a tiny 17.8% of voters. Paul Carmouche, Fleming’s Democratic opponent, earned over twice as many votes in the Democratic runoff that happened in November 2008 than he did in the December 2008 runoff. 
  • If none of this makes sense, I wrote it at 3:20 a.m. and while thinking, repeatedly, “UGH I NEED A SHOWER AND WHY IS IT THAT I CAN STILL HEAR MY ROOMMATE’S TV.”
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