"A truly amazing pasticcio of mendacity, ignorance, and small-minded cupidity"
Please just read this marvelous analysis by Michael O'Hare of the reality behind the incessant bitching and moaning about letting the tax rates revert to where they were in 2000 by those who make a quarter of a million dollars a year or more. When you crunch the numbers it turns out that most of these assholes will actually either be unaffected or will be asked to pay a nominal amount more than they are already paying. And yet they are rending their garments about how they will be forced to fire the servants and bring down the recovery if this horror comes to pass.
These people really, really need to put down their delicious $8.00 Sprinkles Red Velvet cupcakes for a minute and re-read their French history.