When Julius Caesar was Rome’s Pontifus Maximus (Chief Priest), he had eyes on quashing the Senate and arguably, becoming the Emperor. One of his tactics was to offer a bread allowance to the common man, and it worked as the people were fooled into thinking that they had someone looking out for them. Julius’ rise continued as he was perceived as a “man of the people.” It is this type of divisive strategy that the current administration is trying. “My plan… is to ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more.” (President Obama, 2012). It is an enticing bit of political strategy. The ‘If you elect me I will take from the rich and give it to you’ appeal is not a new tactic and seems quite desperate.
However, there is one big difference with Obama’s latest pitch, in that it is usually the rhetoric of an outsider hoping to get into power or someone looking to move up the ladder. It is not usually the cry of someone who has been in charge for almost four years. If the Obama administration had shown any success in the past four years at turning around unemployment and productivity in the United States, this type of shameless encouragement to covet would not be “necessary”.Details