A reader e-mails:
We talk about tax cuts "for people making less than $250,000" not "tax cuts on income earned up to $250,000." We're linguistically making a person's income level a part of their identity. It's a subtle shift, but when people start identifying with their income, it's not hard to see where they get confused; if you were to suddenly become a "person who earns over $250,000 a year" then logically you wouldn't qualify for a tax cut for "people making less than $250,000."
The whole tax discussion would be a lot better if we weren't constantly personalizing income levels. At the very least it wouldn't be so easy to throw around accusation of "class warfare."
| September 20, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
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