The Wall Street Journal had a story on the impact of the recently concluded ‘fiscal cliff deal’ on people’s taxes that was passed by Congress and signed by president Obama. It was accompanied by this infographic.
When I first saw it, the sad, waif-like faces of the people it portrayed reminded me of the images advertising Les Miserables (or the famous Depression-era photographs) and I thought that it was showing the feelings of hardship reflected in the faces of the poor. But take a look at the captions for each and you see that the people whose plight the Wall Street Journal considers worth spotlighting is not quite middle America.
Yes, the infographic shows pain certainly, but it is the pain of very rich people who can’t bear the thought of parting with even a little of their money. But at least we should be grateful that the poor black elderly retired couple barely getting by on a mere $180,000 per year will not have their taxes raised. I would hate to think that they might have had to forego the basic necessities of life like their Caribbean vacation. The sheer horror of enduring such a hardship may have driven them to do something drastic and we would not want that, no?