by Sam Hieb
Cone posts Krugman and says “the class war is over. The rich won.”
Making such a definitve statement about such an abstract concept is always problematic. After all, just what is rich and what is poor? And when you basically say that the “poor are defeated,” it’s making the assumption they will always be poor, that they have no hope of ever becoming well off. That’s not the way it works in this country. It’s also (unwittingly) undermining more than 40 years of anti-poverty government policies, not to mention John Edwards’ “efforts” to end poverty as we know it. If it’s all over, what incentive does Edwards have to run for president?
While some may say the rich have won the war, they’re losing at least one battle, and will continue to do so as long as Sen. Charles Grassley keeps up the fight against partial gifts. But the fight will soon grow tougher:
Mr. Grassley counters that the change was first proposed in November 2005 as part of a tax bill and that discussions with museum officials resulted in amendments to his proposals. What is more, not a single senator raised an objection, he said. “The silence was deafening,” he said. “Maybe that’s because no one wanted to argue against limiting tax breaks for the rich to hang expensive artwork on their living room walls.”
Now that the Democrats are poised to take control of Congress, the situation looks a bit different.
Blurs the line a bit, doesn’t it?