Todd Henderson has quit blogging—just a bit too late to avoid a stint as an internet punching bag. "I was a fool," he writes for Truth on the Market. "I wish I had just stuck to blogging about corporate law and such, but I couldn’t help myself." At issue is a post headlined "We are the Super Rich"—scrubbed from the site but preserved for posterity here—in which the University of Chicago law professor came out against letting the Bush tax cuts on the super-rich expire. He might have to cancel the lawn service!
Henderson acknowledged his family's "combined income exceeds the $250,000 threshold for the super rich" and lamented "that familiar Marxian tone of those who need take and those who can afford it pay." Liberal bloggers promptly pounced: "If he values the high-end consumption so much, why doesn't he rearrange his budget?" economist Brad DeLong wrote in a scathing dissection for Grasping Reality With Both Hands. "The next time you come upon a Chicago law professor in his scuffed Gucci loafers and tattered Armani on the sidewalk," Michael O'Hare of The Reality-Based Community wrote, "please don’t just walk by."