David Simon, creator of The Wire, says this regarding Mitt Romney’s magnanimous admission that he pays a whole 13% rate in taxes:
Can we stand back and pause a short minute to take in the spectacle of a man who wants to be President of The United States, who wants us to seriously regard him as a paragon of the American civic ideal, declaiming proudly and in public that he has paid his taxes at a third of the rate normally associated with gentlemen of his economic benefit.
Am I supposed to congratulate this man? Thank him for his good citizenship? Compliment him for being clever enough to arm himself with enough tax lawyers so that he could legally minimize his obligations?
Simon, of course, is quite familiar with the lives of those on the other end of the economic spectrum — those who bear the brunt of the abdication of civic responsibility on the part of people like Romney. They are the ones down-on-whom-it-has-trickled.