Jun 7, 2012

Remembering Those Great Days That We Don't Specify

Bob Gorrell, 6/6/12:
How you feel about this cartoon depends on when you think "then" was:
  • Is it the 1890s, when the richest Americans enjoyed low tax rates and extravagant income growth, while most of us got worse and worse off as they got richer?
  • Or is it the post-war era, when a broad base of personal and corporate income taxes kept the differences in wealth between rich and poor from being as stark, and (not coincidentally) the country had a very long period of peace and prosperity?
(Or, perhaps was "then"during, oh, let's say WWII, when it really was "US" vs. "Them"?)

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