John, let's get one thing straight: "my" pool boy and banker were mere symbols. As I thought my post made clear, I have no pool, so no need for the first. Being I have bank accounts, I suppose I could say there is a "my" banker somewhere, but s/he never comes out to meet me at the ATM. I'm sorry I offended you with my choice of persona to symbolize the rich.
Now, as I stated in the last sentence of my post of 14 Jul 11 - 07:17 PM, Dick started this thread reporting on a Senate vote. We can argue all we want about who should bear the bigger tax burden in this country, but you'll never get me to believe that all those Republican Senators voted against the bill because they didn't agree with the figures (or that they even bothered to research them for that matter). No, I'm sure their votes were cast against it because they're ideologically appalled by both its premise and its purpose.