Shielding the wealthy? Every time there is an economic issue the solution is always to "tax the rich!" What the left refuses to accept, or just chooses to ignore, is the fact that anyone who is employed is employed by "wealthy." Without them, there are no jobs. When continually burdened with unnecessary taxation, above and beyond the excessive rates already in place, they can not afford to give pay raises, hire more workers, or provide worthwhile healthcare.