I find myself highly troubled by the ongoing class wars is the United States, mostly because of the amount of effort and energy being wasted on it. America is an enormously wealthy country by international or historic standards. Neither the American middle class nor the American upper class are oppressed group, yet each frames its argument as if the fate of the world depends on their getting a larger piece of the pie.
Scott Sumner makes an interesting argument about means testing. Union-workers make a compelling case to defend their negotiating power. No one wants their taxes raised or benefits cut, and its fairly easy to argue persuasively that your case is special.
And all I can think is, stop whining. Deal with it. There are serious problems in the world. There’s a large budget shortfall, and the only way to address it is to cut spending or raise taxes. There are honest arguments to be had about how to do so, but any argument that can be accurately summarized as “Don’t take my shit” is going to get mocked. Here on this blog. By me.