Oh. My. God:
Children, you really need to watch this amazing Tigerhawk video. Please, please, please watch it.
For those of you who don’t have the stomach, I’ll boil it down for you:
- I, Tigerhawk, am a hard-working guy who makes a lot of money.
- I and others of my kind work harder than any of you out there and we are better than you are because you’re lazy.
- But despite the fact that we’re superior to all of you, you’re all being ungrateful to us… indeed, you want to raise our taxes!
- Because of this, my feelings hurt.
My personal favorite quote is about small businessmen who don’t earn more than $250,000:
Most liberal bloggers are saying, ‘Well, most small-business people don’t actually earn $250,000, and they’re right in a way. But most of those small business people don’t create any jobs, or they create a few lame jobs.
Again, there is a palpable sense of resentment toward people who are not rich. Small business people who aren’t rich? Pfft, who cares? They create lame jobs. Only Randian Supermen such as myself are worthy of the public’s adoration… and yet the public is showing us disdain! Oh, heavens! I am feeling ever-so-tempted to go John Galt and then you’ll all miss me!
Lisa Schiffren at the National Review watches Tigerhawk’s hilarious sobfest and comes away misty-eyed:
Corner readers, you know he’s right. 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 most of the chattering class, and all politicians). They are not robber barons, or trust-fund babies, or plutocrats, or even celebrities. They are mostly the meritocrats who worked hard in high school and got into the better colleges and grad schools, where they studied while others partied. 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 — in their peak earning years.
I absolutely love shit like this.
For years, the right has worked tirelessly to portray Democratic politicians or activists as patrician elitists because they went to fancy colleges and went onto become doctors (Howard Dean), lawyers (John Edwards) or successful investors (George Soros). If anything, these figures are the very same people whom Tigerhawk is claiming to champion: they’re highly ambitious people who worked hard to make a lot of money. So what’s the problem with them?
The answer is, they don’t have a chip on their shoulder. Indeed, you could even say they feel grateful that they’ve made a shitload of money! And to make matters worse, they support raising taxes on their fellow rich people because they understand that having a society that is plagued by vast structural inequalities is in the long run detrimental to their own well-being! After all, the unwashed masses are far less likely to rise up and burn your mansion down if they have access to quality healthcare.
But for people such as Tigerghawk, political ideology trumps pragmatic considerations. In their calculus, the unwashed masses are smelly unworthies who are trying to take away the money that rich people are entitled to. Thus, we have the uniquely American phenomenon of the Angry Rich Guy who sees himself as a hard-working everyman whose life is significantly worse than someone who makes $8 an hour washing dishes for a living.
As Roy puts it, “I miss the old days when, if a rich guy wanted his ass kissed, he’d pay someone to do it instead of haranguing strangers on YouTube.”
UPDATE: In the YouTube page comments, TigerHawk writes:
I get the part about civic duty, but I *know* that a great many people have jobs because of my efforts and would prefer some recognition of that to being called greedy and unpatriotic.
See, rich people aren’t really in this for the money — rather, they’re in it for the love.
Tigerhawk, if it makes you feel better, I have nothing against rich people. If you’re a successful person who has contributed something to society, then more power to you.
But please. Do not ask me to feel sorry for you. You’re rich. Again, I repeat: you’re rich. And because you’re rich in the United States, you have to pay less taxes than rich people in every other industrialized country in the entire world. You also have an entire political party (the Republicans) and a large swathe of another political party (the Democrats) who are lining up to kiss your ass on a regular basis. Rich people in this country have it better than rich people in every other country in the world. You’d think they’d be a little more grateful for this fact instead of being perpetually resentful whiners.