Brad DeLong very politely* demolishes the pathetic simpering of a richy-rich law professor who thinks that he's horrifically oppressed because his family only makes $455,000 a year in combined income. Our horribly over-taxed law professor has to pay $60,000 a year to send his kids to private school, $10,000 a year for payments on two cars and $60,000 a year in student loan payments (those fancy law schools are ever-so-expensive, darlings). And of course, there's this:
We also have someone who cuts our grass, cleans our house, and watches our new baby.
Are you getting the picture yet? This is a guy who can afford to pay other people to use a vacuum cleaner and a lawnmower so he doesn't have to. And yet he has the audacity to complain that he "can't afford" having his taxes revert to what they were in the 1990s.
I've been quite surprised (though I shouldn't be) that the Democrats have been flubbing the debate on tax cuts for rich people as much as they have. At the end of the day, a lot of rich people are just despicable. And it's not because they have a lot of money and can afford more things than the rest of us -- it's because they're a pack of petulant crybabies like our poor, beleaguered law professor who are forced to spend $60,000 a year to help their children avoid those icky, yucky public schools.
So Democrats, because I'm a nice guy, I'm going to offer you free advice for how to win this debate. Turn it into a reality television show called "Who Wants to Raise Taxes on a Millionaire." The premise is simple: get a camera crew to follow around some of America's most despised rich people -- think Paris Hilton, Donald Trump, LeBron James and Lloyd Blankfein, just for starters -- to chronicle their depraved and entitled behavior. And then, once you catch them complaining about having to eat miniature bread once too often...
...you put it to the American public to see how much they'd like to see each rich person's taxes go up. And for good measure, you can contrast the lifestyles of rich and famous with footage of, say, a public school system that's gone bankrupt due to sleazy interest-rate swaps peddled by everyone's favorite pals on Wall Street? My guess is that it wouldn't take long for taxes on the particularly obnoxious rich people to reach upwards of 90% -- after all, what parents will tolerate their kids' public schools falling apart while Paris Hilton is still happily snorting blow? Trust me, Democrats, this one's a winner. Roll with it.
*I say "very politely" because my first instinct would have been to copy and paste the phrase "BLOW IT OUT YOUR ASS!!!" 300 times in a row.