Cyrano, I understand your analogy. We simply have different perspectives regarding what we consider ideal economic policy to benefit all individuals, and grow a strong middle class. While I could certainly provide a lengthy explanation of why I feel moderate, right-leaning economic policy is critical in developing a thriving middle class, I have gathered that you have a strong, resolute belief that such policies are detrimental to the middle class over the long-term, and represent pro-rich policy.
That's simply a fundamental difference between us, and I can respect our differences. But the reality is that no amount of back and forth posting is going to change our perspectives, or make any progress on this front.
All I would ask is that even if you, personally, feel that my economic policies do not benefit the middle class - please realize that moderate fiscal conservatives such as myself, and others who post here with similar views, do feel it benefits the middle class. In other words, despite your opinion of our policies as being pro-rich, realize that many of us have equal substantive data demonstrating that our policies benefit the working class. That's really the only point I was trying to make in all of this - and hence the reason why I was drawing a separation from far-right ideology found in the Tea Party and Republican party. These far-right organizations truly are pro-rich.
My more moderate stance on economic issues is probably in line with many of your views, Cyrano. For example, higher tax rates on multinational businesses, higher taxes on capital gains, and so on.
Despite these differences, like I said, I agree with much of your commentary on the current state of movement conservative, and 'politicized' conservatism.
I hope we can simply agree to disagree on this issue.