Nor am I.
He and his wife deserve to be successful. And he knows people who are successful. But he is not one of them--widening income inequality over the past generation has excluded him from the rich who truly have money.
And this makes him sad. And angry. But, curiously enough, not angry at the senior law firm partners who extract surplus value from their associates and their clients, or angry at the financiers, but angry at... Barack Obama, who dares to suggest that the U.S. government's funding gap should be closed partly by taxing him, and angry at the great hordes of the unwashed who will receive the Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security payments that the government will make over the next several generations.
Do I wish that Professor Henderson had a little more self-knowledge? Yes. Is it pathetic that somebody with nine times the median household income thinks of himself as just another average Joe, just another "working American"? Yes. Do I find it embarrassing that somebody whose income is in the top 1% of American households thinks that he is not rich? Yes. Will I ever read his "truth on the market" weblog again? Very doubtful--I read too many people already who are either trying to lie to me or deceiving themselves about how the world works.
Do I hope to educate him so that he has a better grasp on reality and better understanding of America and of public policy? Yes. But I am not holding my breath.
The stark correlation between "right winger" and "people who are willing to believe untrue things" continues to expand.