| Sometimes, the folks who aren't protesting can be just as newsworthy as the crowds mobilizing in the streets.
Consider the news coverage of a bunch of rallies held recently around the country. Protesters from Duluth, Minnesota to Jackson, Tennessee called for extending tax cuts for everyone except the top two percent of income earners as part of the pending budget-balancing deal.
Even with all the ongoing fiscal fuss, these weren't giant demonstrations. Groups of between 25 and 100 people gathered at vigils and spoke with local TV crews. They brandished signs that said things like "Middle Class over Millionaires."
The numbers weren't huge, but at least some folks showed up in Flint, Michigan, Sioux City, Iowa, Erie, Pennsylvania, and dozens of other cities.
Sure these weren't massive protests. We're talking about taxes, remember? What you won't see, however, is the other side.
Members of the top two percent of income-earners - those married couples making $250,000 or more per year - aren't standing on street corners waving banners that proclaim "More Tax Cuts for Millionaires Now!" Those folks with Aspen ski chalets and beach-hugging mansions in the Hamptons aren't shouting slogans like "What's good for the top 2 percent is good for you!" or "Keep on Tricklin'" or even "Millionaires over the Middle Class."
Wouldn't it be nice to see what a protest by the top two percent would actually look like?