Tonight my wife and I went to the movies to see Project X, (it was fun). By coincidence, it happened to be during the San Diego Latino Film Festival. We took time looking at all the various displays and my wife won a t-shirt.
A large diet Pepsi at the theater cost me $5.26. Snark required the comment, "I could have almost bought a gallon of gas!" The ethnic young man behind the counter chuckled and added, "I want to go back a couple of years when it was like $2."
I know my fellow bloggers are aghast at the use of the term "like" but let's focus on the issue. This young man is exactly in President Obama's target group: young, poor, ethnic and now angry. Unfortunately, he happens to be angry at President Obama.
Add the young working poor, who face 3% inflation (minus energy and food prices), to the growing list of groups at odds with progressives.
The list also includes Catholics, who run charities, schools, adoption agencies and hospitals.
The War on Catholics accelerated as the State Department announced that The Vatican is a money laundering scheme. The Obama administration is unhappy with recent push back from the Pope on ObamaCare abortion coverage mandates. The administration is attempting to coerce bishops into backing the administration over the Pope. The tactic in this battle against Catholics is Alinsky rule #12:
RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)The War on Catholics has a major upside for the Obama reelection effort. By attacking the Pope, someone somewhere will equate Obama with the Antichrist. If the administration is lucky, a Rick Santorum supporter will make the statement. A talk radio host would be a big catch, but it seems unlikely at this moment. Even if it is a random citizen caught by a progressive camera, it will be used to slander everyone who opposes Barack Obama and keep focus off of the economy.
Additional SLOBs discussing gas prices:
Lipstick Underground: Environmentalists Hate Poor People*
The Liberator Today: The Price of Gasoline and Obama
Beers with Demo: Say, can we just forget about what I said earlier?