We keep hearing that if corporations have to pay more taxes, the economy will suffer, because they won't hire more workers. Well, if you hadn't noticed, for the last five years they've hardly been on a hiring spree.
On the substance, progressives should not cry "sellout" when the rich have had a permanent tax increase and the unemployed and middle-class are protected. We should cry wolf only when the right-wing wolf is really at the door of the poor and the middle class.
The lifestyles of the wealthy and fabulous seem wonderful to some -- endless vacations, summer homes, private chefs, Louis Vuitton luggage -- but when you peer closely that world is actually pretty terrifying.
When you're running for president of a party considered to be unsympathetic to poor people in a time of a recession, and you're the richest man to ever run for the office, fairness is a pretty big deal -- especially when you're calling for tax cuts for the rich.
It took a small group of down-on-their-luck college kids with nothing to lose to wake America up. As the crowds in Zuccotti Park, DC, LA and across the country grow larger and make their voices heard, maybe this time we will be listening.