Obama and the Dems see Kulaks...
Just like Lenin and Stalin before him, Obama has a ready made group to demonize for all his failures. For him the kulaks ("fist" in Russian) are an elastic class that encompasses Wall Street tycoons, opposition politicians, hardworking folks making above 200,000 dollars, and generally any who oppose his policies.
America's credit rating is downgraded, and his profligate spending can't be responsible. No! it must be the new kulak class at fault. The housing bubble pops and it can't be due to the government's pressure on banks to loosen loan rules and the government's buying of bad loans that encouraged foolish practices. It must rather be the Wall Street kulaks who in their greed forced the proletariat to take out loans they knew they would be unable to pay.
The economy fails to improve that way the
Obama is increasingly open to flying his anti-kulak flag. Witness his earlier unguarded moments when he expressed regret that the SCOTUS had yet to take up "redistributive change", his desire to use the tax code to "spread the wealth", and his admonishment to many that at some point folks had made "enough" money -- presumably on the back of the proletariat. Those feelings slipped out and at the time he did some backtracking and was at pains to reassure that he had nothing against the wealthy. Compare that to his more recent attacks on millionaires, billionaires, corporate-jet owners, and a slew of others.
It may be that the improving economy means that he doesn't have to whip his base and the modern Cheka into a frenzy to get reelected. So we may not see him in full throated denunciation of society's kulak class during the campaign season -- although Bain Capital will certainly come in for some kulak-style class hatred. Given that the reelection theme so far is justice and equality, the kulak bashing has already made itself known. But he will doubtless return to the theme more fully once January 2013 rolls around and he can finally put his feelings into legislation without fear of being turned out of office.