Class and the Law: A Study in Contrasts

I’ll be writing more later, but for now, just a couple of things I thought make up a good contrast. Not many people would be surprised by the assertion that economic classes receive different treatment before the law in the U.S., but the following two items are certainly remarkable. First, take a look at this story, about a group arrested for feeding the homeless in Orlando. Yes, apparently charity begins and ends at home: “mass feeding in one area” is banned by a city ordinance. Don’t worry though, not everybody suffers from such casual and needless oppression. Gazillionaire hedge fund managers will get to keep their huge tax break: their income is considered capital gains and so is subject to the 15% capital gains tax, not to the regular income tax or to the payroll tax that funds social security benefits. Mark Shields explains why. Thanks to MoJoBlog for the tip on the lack of legislation.

Oh and by the way, Keith Knight tells it like it is.

One comment

  • It’s illegal to have a “mass feeding in one area”? Wow. I guess after the prosecution nails Food Not Bombs on this one, they’ll be going after all the restaurant owners and wedding banquet halls. I bet if they send an undercover officer in to Disney World, they might discover some mass feeding there as well. The horror!