RESENTMENT ON THE DECLINE?….A couple of days ago I suggested that David Brooks might be right when he said that resentment of the rich was no longer a potent force in American politics. Fighting a tax plan on the basis that it benefits the rich doesn’t seem to work these days.
Today Nathan Newman quotes Bill Schneider on CNN, who says that resentment of taxes is also on the decline. In the last couple of years, the number of people who think their taxes are too high has declined from about two-thirds to less than half.
What’s the cause? Reduced tax rates from the 2001 cuts? Stronger sense of patriotism caused by 9/11? Hard to say. Maybe people are just tired of economic issues in general and want to move on.
I’m not sure myself, but it’s an interesting juxtaposition of ideas.