It’s an old, old saying I know but it has a lot of truth to it: “minor” surgery means they operate on someone else. Likewise, floods are cleansing when they flood someone else’s house.
When elites talk about the beauty of pain and sacrifice, they mean someone else’s pain and sacrifice. They may think they mean their own, but no non-sociopath thinks that a 5% marginal rate increase on a 500K salary (and I’m probably underestimating the salary and overestimating the rate increase) constitutes pain or sacrifice.
I know we say this over and over and over again here, but one of the central truths of contemporary American politics it that media and political elites view the rest of us as pawns or worse in some insane morality play that goes on in their beautiful minds. Unfortunately when they start wars or cut spending in (very serious) jest, the rest of the country dies and loses jobs in earnest.
When they talk about humiliating and impoverishing millions of Americans, that’s serious and civil. But if one of us suggests that it would be better if Mike Bloomberg and Jamie Dimon were scared about the repercussions of shoving the peasants’ nose in the dirt too long, we are unserious nihilists.