Sunday, December 5, 2010
Flames of Hell
Yesterday's vote in the U.S. Senate to reject cloture on the Middle Class Tax Relief bill provided more evidence of the unrelenting greed manifest in the Party of No. In Senator McConnell's panegyric retelling of events during Meet the Press today, no effort was made to conceal the flickering flames of Hell dancing behind his pupils as he explained to his uncritical host how unfair it would have been to continue to tax the ultra-rich while providing tax relief for those households struggling to eke out a living on a quarter of a million dollars or less each year. In his moment of unguarded jubilation, he explained that those "quarter-millionaires", numbering maybe 700,000 industrious Americans, were the mainstay of small business, generating jobs for millions of others. This tragic slip of the lip revealed that the "small businesses" in question may frequently be those little law firms and other small professional associations that undergird the employment statistics that we've all been watching so carefully over the past year. It behooves us to have a closer look at these statistics.