Here's the thing. I don't personally know anyone other than the CEO of my company who makes more than $200,000. Nor do I know any families who make more than $250,000 combined. I think that you would be hard pressed to find anyone who makes that kind of money.
You know what else?
You aren't ever, ever going to make that kind of money most likely.
Somehow, Americans got it into their head that their all gonna strike it rich and conservatives have gotten it into their heads that tax increases on the top 1/2 of one percent are going to personally hit them square in the pocket book.
In a comment to my fellow blogger John Phipps, I pointed out that when tax rates were higher, there wasn't a problem. And, since tax rates have been lowered, the overall wage rate and affluence of the middle class has been very negatively impacted. Causality? I don't know.
I do know this: the illusion that many middle class people labor under that they will strike it rich is almost always very misplaced.