In a fine essay, Klein concludes
Republicans have become outraged over the predictable effect of tax cuts they passed and are using that outrage as the justification for an agenda that further cuts taxes on the rich and pays for it by cutting social services for the non-rich. That’s why Romney’s theory here is more than merely impolitic. It’s actually core to his economic agenda.
Romney really does want the rich to get richer off the backs of the poorer. And he really doesn’t care if anyone likes it or not. He is cynicism enfleshed. He is self-interest writ large. He is America, in short. Perhaps he really will win- since a people always get the government they deserve.