I think I’m getting the hang of this ol’ capitalism thing-a-majiggy.

Because we’re in a recession, it would be irresponsible – naive even – for Obama to refrain from exacting a pound of flesh from average Americans.  How long can he continue to deny reality?   After all, in down economic times, we “all” have to make sacrifices.  Like, say, slashing social security, medicare and unemployment benefits.  Or raising taxes on the middle class, lowering minimum wage and laying off police officers, firefighters and teachers.  That’s just off the top of my head.  It’s the responsible thing to do.

Fear not, though.  Those sacrifices will make the sacrificees better in the long run – reinforce their moral fiber and, ultimately, lead to true happiness!  Struggle is good for the soul and the spirit!  Everyone should do it!  Almost.

On the other hand, if the government asks for any portion of this guy’s $742,006.40 after tax* bonus back because, well, the government is bankrolling his firm with taxpayer money (read: the sacrificial offerings of the masses), and that’s a lot of money to be paid out on the government’s dime, then that’s not wholesome, moral girding sacrifice at all.  It’s hoary socialism and will lead to the downfall of society. 

Also, very mean to the poor millionaires, causing unspeakable distress in their lives and forcing them to make tough – nay, impossible – choices about such matters as how to pay for the 24/7 nanny and afford the annual ski excursion to Gstaad.  I mean, can you think of how?  Huh? Huh?  Didn’t think so smart ass.

It’s just a matter of time before such enormous sacrifices drive them to drink, do drugs, divorce, have heart attacks, develop ulcers, etc.  It will ruin their lives, deprive them of any chance at lasting happiness and corrupt their morals. 

What kind of depraved soul would wish that on the top earning 1% of the population, especially when we’re going out of our way to bolster the morality and happiness quotients of everyone else?

*Do you know how big the bonus would have to be to be left with $742,006.40 after taxes?  Pretty fucking big.

[UPDATE: What Roy said.]