Ya know, I saw that graph that was going around last week showing the debt as a very tall bar, the revenue garnered by the "Buffett Rule" as a tiny little sliver, and just to drive the point home, the debt bar minus the Buffett Rule sliver.
I showed it to my mother-in-law - a lifelong Democrat of the blue-collar variety. She hadn't heard of the "Buffett Rule". I explained it to her, and explained how it would take more from the people who already pay the most, but would do absolutely nothing whatsoever to reduce the debt or solve the problems that create the debt.
Her response? "I don't care if it makes a difference, I still think they should be made to pay their fair share."
That class-warfare mentality is a deeply rooted tenet of liberalism, and it would be wise not to underestimate its power.
The sad reality is, if the American people can really be brought to vote for those wielding this as their prime motivator, then our republic is already gone.