Nicholas Kristoff points out that “the richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 percent of income, up from almost 9 percent in 1976” and that “from 1980 to 2005, more than four-fifths of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest 1 percent.”
My observation of political discourse in this country suggests that it’s class warfare to notice and point out this sort of thing. The actual fact of growing income and wealth disparity is, far from being class warfare, simply the natural way of things; the free market at work, unfailingly rewarding the hard working and clever, punishing the indolent and stupid.
It would, obviously, be grossly unjust to extend the Bush era tax cuts only for that portion of a person’s income that is under $250,000 per year. You can’t increase a portion of the taxes on the very wealthy, especially during times of economic hardship. That’s class warfare too.