Saturday, September 20, 2008

What's wrong with that?

Joe Biden says it's the "patriotic duty" of the rich to pay more taxes, and people fault him for it. Is it that the word patriotic and duty have lost all meaning? Certainly they seem to have been left out of the semantics of the richest tenth of the country, and especially the richest one per cent. One senses that those people believe the poor, the working class and even what's left of the middle class should still live their lives on the basis of those two words and the concepts they represent, but for them--no more of that, the air in their ambience is too rarified.

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