What world does Ezra Klein live in?
To govern responsibly, Democrats cannot simply raise taxes on the rich and call it a day. That’s a world in which Republicans continuously force crises, refuse taxes, and extract deeper and deeper cuts. Already, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has called the GOP’s debt-ceiling brinksmanship “a new template” and promised that “in the future, any president, this one or another one, when they request us to raise the debt ceiling, it will not be clean anymore.”
Um, Ezra, that’s the world we already live in. Republicans continually force crises, refuse to raise taxes and extract deep and deeper cuts. So given that Republicans are already doing what Ezra fears they will do if Democrats suddenly and miraculously started believing in and realizing real tax hikes for the rich, why wouldn’t Democrats do this? Again, not for the reasons that Ezra says, because they are already realized. No, the real reason would be that Democratic elites, including most of the Senate, much of the House and the administration just don’t believe that the rich should have their taxes raised, for the rich are job creators and while a small jet tax here or a slight increase for oil companies there is okay, going back to Reagan’s 1986 top bracket rate of 50% would be class warfare. And today’s Democrats just don’t do class warfare against the rich – they’re too busy doing it against the poor, working, and middle classes of America.