Everybody’s going to have to give. Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game.
So says President-elect Obama in his interview with George Stephanopoulos. Fair enough, says I. Because I’ve had my skin in the game for decades. My husband and I have written a lot of five-figure checks to the IRS over the years. I’m just wondering whose skin he’s talking about, and thinking it’s pretty likely more skin from people like us, who have plenty of skin in the game already.
Don’t get me wrong. I understand the necessity of taxes. I don’t mind writing a check to pay my fair share for national defense and other necessary expenses. I do mind Mr. I Am the Change You Need implying that I’m not paying my fair share, that I don’t have any “skin in the game.” I mind the hell out of that.
I’ve been pretty quiet about the Prez-elect since the election, haven’t made any snide comments about any of his cabinet picks. I’ve been waiting till he’s actually in office, actually doing things. But this “skin in the game” comment really got, well, under my skin.