This is what happens when the country comes to believe that you can have government and a social safety net without taxes, and that an extremely progressive tax system (that targeted high-income families as well as millionaires, billionaires and big banks) was not worth fighting for.
Apparently freedom is so fragile that the 2 to 4% increase on the highest income earners is the difference between free markets and abominable socialism.
The progressive movement is letting this happen– we need to get our lives right and make some noise.
The Tea Party are not the only angry people in this country (though they may be the only angry people who can carry guns and march on Washington. God help us if brown people did that; the police organizations would trip over themselves to fire on the protesters. Remember kids: it’s a riot or some kind of victim sweepstakes when, urbanites, brown men, brown women, and white women ask for equal rights — it’s “free speech” when white men do it ).