How Have Obama’s Policies Enlarged the Middle Class? – Updated

President Obama delivered his major class warfare speech today in Kansas, although he got mixed up momentarily and thought he was in Texas. I guess everything in between the two coasts is all the same to him. He railed about income inequality and said it’s make or break time for the middle class.

President Barack Obama delivered a sweeping indictment of economic inequality in the U.S. on Tuesday as he summoned the memory of President Theodore Roosevelt and pledged to fight for fairness at a “make or break moment for the middle class.”

Only a month before Republican voters begin choosing a presidential nominee, Obama traveled to small-town Osawatomie, Kan., where Roosevelt delivered his “New Nationalism” address in 1910, to embrace the progressive reformer’s calls for a “square deal” for regular Americans.

Obama warned of the unraveling of the American dream, and called for giving hurting middle-class workers a fair shake and restoring financial security – themes he’s certain to return to throughout the 2012 campaign.

“This isn’t just another political debate. This is the defining issue of our time. This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class,” Obama told a crowd in the Osawatomie High School gym, where red, white and blue bunting lined the bleachers.

Excuse me, but what the heck has he done for the middle class? He hasn’t expanded it, that’s for sure, unless you call a food stamp epidemic good for the middle class. He’s breaking the middle class, and if we let him have his way we’ll be wiped out. His socialist policies don’t help people rise to the middle and upper classes, they just put more people on welfare.

He wants to punish the wealthy in the name of “fairness” to reduce income inequality. What he fails to realize, or refuses to acknowledge, is that economic downturns reduce inequality without any help from politicians. There are already fewer millionaires for him to tax, and raising tax rates on the wealthy does not create wealth for others.

Update: You can read the full text of the long-winded left wing speech at Business Insider.