Somebody fed BuzzFeed a recording of a stemwinding speech Condoleezza Rice gave at a Romney fundraiser in June, and apparently her criticism of President Obama’s “narrative” has conservatives everywhere cheering:
It is a narrative that is being pushed by our current president, that “I’m doing poorly because you’re doing well.” That has never been the American narrative. Ours has never been a narrative of aggrievement, and ours has never been a narrative of entitlement.
I just want everyone to be absolutely clear on what this “narrative of aggrievement” is all about. It’s about Obama’s proposal that the marginal tax rate on income over $400,000 should rise from 35% to 39.6%.
That’s your aggrievement. That’s your entitlement. That’s your socialism. That’s your class warfare. An increase in the top marginal tax rate of 4.6 percentage points.
Four. Point. Six.
This is what America’s most prosperous citizens are up in arms about. This is why Barack Obama is an enemy of capitalism. These are the spiteful shackles he proposes to use to subjugate America’s engines of job creation. It’s the reason America’s wealthiest citizens are so frightened about the future of their country.
4.6 percentage points. Just let that sink in.