Not asking you exactly, but the question… I hear all the time about the rich having uncertainty about taxes etc and it is made a big deal. Yet, the rest of us have uncertainty as well, like when will jobs start paying a wage to live on, when will jobs return, if ever? For many middle aged people it is the uncertainty of being able to retire after paying in to SS for a lifetime. For the younger it is the uncertainty if it will even be there still when they want to retire. What about the uncertainty of housing prices for those that are underwater? The working people are swamped with uncertainty, so why does the taxes of the rich guy matter and the rest don’t?
I don't think the taxes of the rich "guy" matter more than the rest of us. I think many (myself included) are fearful of the future and uncertainty.
I recently read an article about the changes in Health Care that will result in an increase in taxes paid on medical devices. This scares me because I have a son with special needs and I know that any tax levied on a company will simply be passed onto me via the cost of the product. As such - this "fear" of what is coming has made me think about what my spending will be come 2013 when these taxes supposedly take effect.
In terms of business - it matters because they (and those that own them; shareholders, individuals) are the ones in our society that have the money to invest and create business that employ you and I. If these people simply "sit" on the money they have instead of investing it to create growth this causes you and I to lack the opportunity for employment or greater advancement.
When you and I hold our money (like I am doing because of the changes in health care - in truth, what I am doing is putting more in a medical savings account in anticipation of what could occur) then we are not purchasing goods and services and therefore not helping the economy grow either.
I don't see this as an "us v. them" thing. Without "us" doing the work and "them" making the investment - neither group expands. In the case of "us" we can less afford it then the "they" can (if you will).