America’s Brutal Treatment of Its Struggling Wealthy Class


A couple of weeks ago the Wall Street Journal ran a story explaining the details of the fiscal cliff tax increases. Today it got new life as several bloggers united to mock the graphic that goes with it. Brad DeLong wants to know just how many single mothers with two kids and an income of $260,000 even exist. Xenos is amused that everybody in the graphic looks as though President Obama “ran over the family dog.” And I want to know why even the retired black couple looks so miserable despite the fact that their taxes didn’t go up at all.

In any case, I thought I’d help out by demonstrating why all these well-to-do wage slaves feel so brutally treated. It’s because their taxes have gone up by a whopping 1-3 percent of their income. Where are the torches and pitchforks when you need them?

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