Both Democrats promise middle-class tax cuts, a list of new spending, an end to deficit spending and they even say they will address the pending entitlement crisis -- but they will only raise income taxes on the top 3 percent of earners in America.
That gives top earners a motive to cry poor. Another motive: The nonpartisan Tax Foundation found that in 2005, the top 1 percent of taxpayers paid 40 percent of federal income tax revenues; the top 5 percent paid 60 percent of federal income taxes.
Now, if top earners want to argue that they pay so much that they should not have to shoulder all new spending, I am on board. After all, if the Democrats' programs are so important, they ought to be important enough that everyone pays for them.
But do not cry poor. It looks bad to the other 97 percent.