The Wall Street Journal was so impressed with the traffic generated by Tom Perkins’ very brief letter to the editor, in which he compared persecution of the very wealthy in America to the persecution of Jews in Germany in the late 1930s, that they decided to see if they could replicate it … by writing an editorial that agrees with him.
Basically, argues the Journal, rich people are definitely under attack all the time in America and the leaders of today’s Wehrmacht are Barack Obama, Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio, and the editorial staff of the New York Times. And how does the Journal make its case? Four quotes — which are actually just two and three words, offered without citation so that we might find the context — and some whining about reporters writing unkindly about the Koch brothers.
The Journal concedes that it might have been “unfortunate” that Perkins compared the treatment of the rich in America to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. But they’re certain that he was right about class warfare and how difficult it is to be a plutocrat today … even if it might not be quite as bad as what the Jews faced under Hitler. And their real proof is that intolerant liberals are having a field day with Perkins.
So, to recap the WSJ's position: It shouldn't be considered acceptable to suggest that the very rich ought to pay more in taxes than they do now and it's not acceptable to discuss the way that billionaires are spending their money to influence policy … and it's not acceptable to criticize anyone who thinks these suggestions about rich people amounts to Nazism because that only confirms liberal intolerance of the rich (read: Nazism).