The most deserving and valuable people in America, according to National Review, aren't our firefighters, police officers, nurses, soldiers, and teachers. Instead, they are our lawyers, bankers, executives, and top salespeople.
Nice to see it hung out on the line for once.
Who Are the "Working Affluent"?... who earn the $250,000 per year or more that makes them "rich," and subject to new high rates of taxation? And why is a president who needs them to keep on producing at the prodigious rates both society and the economy require, treating them as if they -- not the slackers, the entitled, and the net tax consumers -- were the problem?... Corner readers.... The doctors, lawyers, engineers, executives, serious small-business owners, top salespeople, and other professionals and entrepreneurs who make this country run work considerably harder than pretty much anyone else (including... all politicians).... They pushed through grueling hours and unpleasant "up or out" policies in their twenties and thirties at top law firms, banks, hospitals, and businesses to earn salaries in the solid six figures (or low seven) today....
So, what happens when the heart surgeons, dentists, litigators, and people who employ 10 or 20 other people in their mid-size businesses decide that they don't want to pay for the excessive, pointless spending that the president finds so compelling? Instapundit [Glenn Reynolds] speculates on people "going John Galt." I think golf -- a time-intensive sport that the hard-working have eschewed for the past decade or two because it took too long -- will make a comeback...
Glenn Reynolds's wife, Helen Smith, takes it one step further!:
Dr. Helen: I often tip generously both because I have been a waitress and because I think it is important to reward people who work. However, [now that] Obama [is] in... tipping less or not at all would be a good way to save money as a way of "going John Galt."... If Obama is elected... in lieu of a tip I should leave a note like the following:
HOPE AND CHANGE FOR AMERICA: Spreading the Wealth Around.
In lieu of a tip, $_ has been donated to the Re-Elect Obama for President Campaign. Thank you for supporting the man and the movement that are bringing America together!
If enough people leave notes like this, I'm sure it will galvanize waitpeople everywhere in support of The One!
UPDATE II: As a commenter said, this post really seems to have hit a nerve. I am guessing that a number of lefty types are upset that their livelihood may be threatened. In Rules for Radicals Saul Alinsky asks, "Does this particular end justify this particular means?" Perhaps for those of us who are right-leaning, the answer is "yes"... it certainly worth exploring...