One high-profile member of the highest tax bracket is praising the Bush era tax cuts for the rich, albeit sarcastically. Larry David, the Curb Your Enthusiasm star and co-creator of Seinfeld, wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times titled, "Thanks for the Tax Cut!" Here's a snippet from the intro:
THERE is a God! It passed! The Bush tax cuts have been extended two years for the upper bracketeers, of which I am a proud member, thank you very much. I’m the last person in the world I’d want to be beside, but I am beside myself! This is a life changer, I tell you. A life changer!
To begin with, I was planning a trip to Cabo with my kids for Christmas vacation. We were going to fly coach, but now with the money I’m saving in taxes, I’m going to splurge and bump myself up to first class. First class! Somebody told me they serve warm nuts up there, and call you “mister.” I might not get off the plane!
Larry David goes on to describe a brand new flat-screen TV he's going to buy and a switch to the more expensive yet organic blueberries. His point: he can already afford these things. So the cuts are just icing on the cake to him. Worth a read, if not for a laugh.