From the department of ridiculous comparisons comes this real gem from John Hinderaker from Powerline. He’s complaining about Obama’s proposal to keep the Bush tax cuts in place for everyone making under $250,000 a year and return to the tax rates of the 1990s for everyone above that line. This is his argument:
Here is an interesting comparison: the percentage of families who earn over $250,000 a year happens to be almost exactly the same as the percentage of homosexuals in the population. How would our ever-courageous journalists react if an American president tried to increase his odds of re-election by demonizing homosexuals and calling for draconian legislation against them? The calculation would be the same: they are only 2 or 3% of the population, and, while not everyone dislikes them, some do. Do you think that a president who called for discriminatory legislation against homosexuals would be criticized as divisive?
That’s not an interesting comparison, it’s an idiotic one. About 2 or 3% of the population is in prison or on probation or parole. Do you think a president that called for locking up all homosexuals would be criticized? Well of course he would, but it has nothing to do with facile comparisons of percentages. And no one is “demonizing” the wealthy, for crying out loud. No one is even complaining about them being wealthy. But I shouldn’t be paying a tax rate twice that of Mitt Romney (which is admittedly a different problem from the marginal tax rate; that’s due to the capital gains tax, which should be the same as the income tax).