A Disappointing Revelation of Character?
I have to say that I’m disappointed at this quotation from Tom Sgouros in a Providence Business News article:
The burden of state and local taxes has shifted from upper-income to middle-income Americans over the last two decades, “so people have a right to be angry, because the vast number of people are paying more and getting less than ever before,” Sgouros said. “But their response to it is short-sighted and dumb.”
He said the demonstrators are “ignorant, because they choose not to learn about the issues they claim to speak about — and they’re afraid if they do learn about it, they will lose the purity of their opinions.”
When I first began having exchanges with him, I would have said that Tom was above this sort of blunt insult and categorical psychoanalysis. Leaving open, as always, the possibility that context and editing might have affected his actual meaning somewhat, I find myself wondering whether increasing success is leading Mr. Sgouros to play to his audience or frustration that his success hasn’t been greater has made him mean.