We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We'll leave out the billionaires, because they are too few to move the dial. Let's just look at the very high-income people who make America look unequal in the statistics.
Who are the piggish people with multi-million annual incomes?
Pop music stars Pro athletes and coaches Hollywood stars, producers, and agents Fund managers of large popular funds, hedge and regular Large urban real estate investors and brokers Successful creators of new businesses and venture investors in highly successful businesses A small number of CEOs of major corps. A microscopic number of authors Investment bankers? Not much anymore
I don't begrudge any of these people their incomes, but I sometimes envy it while aware that I would not be capable of doing what they do. Still, if we taxed them all 100% over 1 million, we'd eliminate the statistical "crisis" and people would have to bitch about something else.
If they are taxed 100% after the first $1mil, they'll get very creative about avoiding those taxes, and then who's going to be stuck supporting all the free-loaders and those who truly do need support?
But you know that. Somehow the progs just can't process that thought. Kinda like "gun-free zones".
he's just "investigating" :)
Sacrificing himself on the altar of "social justice".
Can't talk about something unless you've experienced it, can you?
No doubt he's not enjoying it, not raking in the campaign contributions...
The people at those parties are the ones who'd like the upper middle class put down, those people who're running small to medium, up and coming, companies that might in a few years time threaten their large, stagnant, companies for their hegemony.
So they orchestrate appropriate rage. They know they themselves won't get hit by the backlash, as they're "too big to fail" and the useful idiots will want their iPhones, designer jeans, etc. etc..
They just have to be made to understand that it won't be tolerated if you set up a shop that can compete against theirs...
Families of inherited wealth, the descendants of highly successful forebears. A study at U. of Chicago several years ago showed they were way over half of the richest 12,000 families in America. Sometimes referred to as the donor class.