The irony of it all.
Mitt Romney was willing to make a bet of $10,000 during the primary. I can't recall off hand what it was about but by the very fact that he was willing to consider that amount of money trivial gives one pause to wonder. Why all the fuss over a paltry 2% increase for taxes for the most wealthy? On $250,000 that comes out to $5,000 or half what Romney was willing to bet. Even at $1 million dollars it would be $20,000 and that's only after the two hundred fifty thousand dollar threshold was reached.
I recall some years back getting a notice from the city. They were going to install a sidewalk near my place and an assessment was about to be issued. I wondered and worried a bit about how much this was going to cost. I had visions of having to scrape together hundreds of dollars at a time I could ill afford it. When the bill came due it amounted to just $17. Imagine that. You couldn't install a sidewalk yourself even if it was only your percent of the job. But if the job is spread out amongst enough people with no shareholders to account to and no profits to worry about then things can be done cheaply and benefit the whole.
So what the American people are asking them (the wealthy) to do will cost them no hardship. They probably drop as much at a casino and think nothing of it. And yet here we are facing not only economic losses by the lesser of society but a loss of trust by the rest of the world. Never in our history has our financial position been downgraded yet we've seen this happen for the first time last year. Canada's money is now more valuable than ours.
And you think those at the top do their fair share of the work load. Think again. I once worked for an outfit and only saw the top guy once in three years I worked there. And their "main office" wasn't much bigger than a living room. He spent most of his time fishing on his boat somewhere and was too cheap to replace broken equipment. Yeah you can see my respect for the upper 1%.