Recent conversation between husband and wife, chez nous:
Me: And then Obama said (I paraphrase), "It doesn't matter whether government is big or small, what matters is if government works!" Wow! And he excoriated those CEOs who make those 40 million a year salaries! He lay into them! I've been complaining about that for years.
H: Yeah, He's telling the CEOs: Stop fucking it up for the rest of us.
Me: The rest of us?
H: The rest of the ruling class! Obama is telling the CEOs, You're being stupid. You're showing too much bling!
Me: Aww... you mean, the CEOs, in their ostentation, are showing the kind of utter disregard for the underclass, the kind of contempt, that would galvanize the oppressed to revolt? Or just such lack of awareness? Marie Antoinette unwittingly put her name on the list for the guillotine when she showed such immense misunderstanding of the class structure of her society, when she told the working poor of Paris that if they didn't have enough bread, they should eat cake.
H: (felt my comparison glossed over too many distinctions and tactfully ignored it) "The problem in America today isn't how much the ruling class pay each other every year, $40 million vs $4 million vs $1 million -- the problem is that they exist."
Me: You mean, Obama is helping, helping mightily, he'll ease some misery at the bottom, he'll let the current rule continue.
H: That's why the ruling class let him become president. He knows his job. If he's good at it, all the better for them.