In an editorial yesterday entitled "The New Resentment of the Poor," the New York Times opined that:
"In a decade of frenzied tax-cutting for the rich, the Republican Party just happened to lower tax rates for the poor, as well. Now several of the party’s most prominent presidential candidates and lawmakers want to correct that oversight and raise taxes on the poor and the working class, while protecting the rich, of course."The editorial pointed out that "The real problem is that so many Americans are struggling on such a small income, not whether they pay taxes."
Then, in an article in today's Business section entitled "Where Pay for Chiefs Outstrips U.S. Taxes," reporter David Kocieniewski reports that "At least 25 top United States companies paid more to their chief executives in 2010 than they did to the federal government in taxes, according to a study released on Wednesday."
We are already seeing signs of increasing social disorder in this country. Refusing to see the causal connection between this supposed "free-market" behavior (which is actually a perversion of the free market) and its socioeconomic consequences of poverty and economic desperation, which are very much acts of violence, while insisting on staying the course with an outmoded (if it ever was moded!) set of values is a prime example of the culture of violence that predominates in our society. It is also an instance of denial akin to pretending global climate change is a hoax and is not already underway.
Heads thus buried in the sand are only begging to be drowned in a rising tide of desperation and resentment.
DISCLAIMER: The links to these NYT articles were forwarded to me by a friend. I don't actually regularly read the New York Times myself -- maybe I should.