Either you know instantly what "Piketty and Saez" means, or you don't. If you do, you spent the past two years working to get Barack Obama into the White House. If you don't, their posse has a six-week head start on you.
Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, French economists, are rock stars of the intellectual left. Their specialty is "earnings inequality" and "wealth concentration."
Messrs. Piketty and Saez have produced the most politically potent squiggle along an axis since Arthur Laffer drew his famous curve on a napkin in the mid-1970s. Laffer's was an economic argument for lowering tax rates for everyone. Piketty-Saez is a moral argument for raising taxes on the rich.
Meanwhile gun sales continue to be brisk, and people are hoarding ammunition. This may be the time that the Founders of the Republic had in mind when they penned the Second Amendment, when the people fall back to the ammo box to fix the gawd-awful mistake they made at the ballot box. I sincerely hope not.
I'd suggest to all and sundry that you exhaust all other options first. Take it from me, writing e-mails and making phone calls is a hell of a lot easier than crawling up the side of a hill in the rain trying to escape the O-brownshirts.