Courtesy of the NY Post, here is one of the people John Boehner and the Republicans are protecting from the onerous confiscatory upper end tax increase from 35 percent to 39.6 percent:

They’re ready to jump off a real cliff.

New Yorkers of all income levels got a rude awakening yesterday when they saw in The Post how much more they will pay in taxes next year without a fiscal-cliff deal by Jan. 1.

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Clothing designer Peter Opie, of Canary Wharf Clothier, made about $2 million this year — and would see his tax bill spike by a staggering $100,000.

“The system is nuts here — it’s madness personified!” he said

“We were impacted massively by the hurricane — and now there is this,” said Opie. “You work your butt off and you end up with next to nothing.”

Oh look, here are some kids who worked in coal mines for $3 a week!

I’m sorry. What was Peter Opie saying about “working your butt off”?