Woe is the top 10 percent!

I don’t begrudge people making a lot more money that I make, but why is it that when papers like Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal illustrate the impact of the recent tax change on certain income groups exceeding mine, the people look so miserable?

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I mean, really! If I were making as much as anyone in this chart, I’d have a pretty big smile on my face. Wouldn’t you? Or am I really that out of touch?

These people look like Bob Cratchit and family waiting for Scrooge to deliver the Christmas goose. Even the people paying no extra taxes look miserable.

As Brad DeLong says:

Just how many female-headed single-parent families with two children under 10 are there in the United States making $260K/year, anyway?

Ohio is evil

I was born there. I graduated from college there. I can say it’s evil.

Especially because of this:

An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelly Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately.

She’s a poor black single mother, working her way through college. She sent her kids to a school in a predominantly white neighborhood (that’s where her father lives). The state of Ohio has made it a crime to want to send your children to a better school than one that’s located in the projects.

Separate but equal. Isn’t that what this is all about?