I’ve seen a few posts floating around the left-wing blogosphere that have basically stated the following:
“If you have a $400,000 mortgage, a nanny for your children, a gardener, and a maid, you have no right to complain that you are just scraping by and can’t absorb a tax hike. Most Americans, after all, can afford none of those things.”
There’s just one problem with this line of argument: these “wealthy” individuals are in fact employing nannies, gardeners, and maids who, by the way, make less than $50,000 per year. Demanding that the “rich” give up certain “luxuries” so that they can take on a greater tax burden is basically demanding that the “rich” put working class folks out of their jobs.
I’m a tutor. My entire income (which didn’t even clear the $30,000 line last year) comes from the discretionary spending of the upper middle class. Why, exactly, should I allow liberals to scuttle MY livelihood to finance their pet projects?