But who are these "rich" people? Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) explains while debating the Democratic budget on the Senate floor today:
"Who exactly are the Democrats calling rich? Let's take a look. According to the Democrats, the 'rich' includes single workers who earn $34,000 a year. First year schoolteachers in Jefferson County, Kentucky, earn $35,982 a year. I don't think they are rich. According to the Democrats, couples are rich if they earn $63,000 a yera. I doubt that couples with children who make $63,000 a year think they're rich. The fact is, under the Democrat plan, a lot of poeple will wake up happy to hear they're rich---only to realize the only change in their lives is a hefty tax sock to their wallets. So much for the good news. It's what Patrick Moynihan might have called 'defining wealthy down.' But there's a purpose behind the rhetoric. Democrats couldn't support their $1.2 trillion in spending--and the largest tax hike in history--unless they cast their tax hike nets far and wide."