The anti-1% street agitation is the fulfillment of a process we have seen unfold since Obama’s 2008 campaign, a process by which a group of various definitions of wealth is isolated and targeted for demagoguery.
It was the Top 5%, then the Top 2%, now it’s down to the Top 1%.
It is a narrowing of the campaign messaging, unfolding in the streets.
And it is getting ugly, with NY legislators from both parties getting death threats if they do not support renewal of a NY State surcharge on high income earners:
Several influential New York state lawmakers have received threatening mails saying it is “time to kill the wealthy” if they don’t renew the state’s tax surcharge on millionaires, according to reports.
“It’s time to tax the millionaires!” reads the email, according to WTEN in Albany. “If you don’t, I’m going to pay a visit with my carbine to one of those tech companies you are so proud of and shoot every spoiled Ivy League [expletive] I can find.” …
The email, with the threatening subject line of, “time to kill the wealthy,” was detailed and disturbing.
“How hard is it for us to stake out one of the obvious access roads to some tech company, tail an employee home and toss a liquor bottle full of flaming gasoline through their nice picture window into their cute house,” wrote the author of the email.
They are narrowing the targets for intimidation. It’s now an Obama pattern, but he cannot control what he starts:
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