‘The Rich’ Archive

If We’re ‘Better Behaved’ Just Because We’re Affluent, God is Not Impressed September 2, 2015 No Comments

It is often believed that poorer people are worse behaved and therefore undesirable neighbors; and certainly enough, certain pathological behaviors are more common in the poor communities.  This is used as an argument for zoning and government land use control [a form of social engineering] to keep them out of more affluent areas; and interestingly […]

The Upper Middle Class Versus the 1%? February 3, 2015 No Comments

Matt Miller, Californian commentator, comments in his book The Tyranny of Dead Ideas that it probably will be the upper middle class, or ‘lower upper’ as he calls it, that will lead the opposition to the so called 1%, and that they have the clout to do it.  He starts quoting Richard Hofstadter and the […]

Edward Kleinbard Says, Don’t Soak the Few and the Rich December 22, 2014 No Comments

Edward Kleinbard, a professor at the University of Southern California, has pointed out that despite and in the face of extreme income inequality, not only is America’s tax system fairly ‘progressive’, its spending is fairly progressive in that the less affluent benefit more from it and the rich can often opt out of the public […]

Man of the Left George Skelton Admits California Income Tax is too Top-Heavy on the Rich! Plus, Apparently Man of the Left Thomas Piketty Endorses Proposition 13! July 21, 2014 No Comments

George Skelton, LA Times columnist and generally a ‘progressive,’ admits, that the California state income tax is too top-heavy on the few and the rich.  A welcome insight from someone on his side of the political spectrum.  Note that Mark Paul, a close associate of Joe Mathews, one of my favorites, disagrees.  Evidently Skelton has been […]

Taxes and the Schadenfreude of the Rich April 7, 2011 2 Comments

It is unwise for a state to be too dependent on the fluctuating incomes of the rich – or, for that matter, in my view, any organization.  Instead of this being made an argument for “lower taxes on the rich,” it could be just as easily made an argument for higher taxes on everybody else. […]