WHEN MILLIONAIRE Philadelphia lawyer Daniel Berger saw the
protesters on his TV, they reminded him of Bolsheviks - "a vanguard
of extremists who believe in an ideology." But Berger - a trial
lawyer who has made a fortune in class-action lawsuits involving
securities fraud and environmental and civil-rights issues - isn't
talking about the new breed of protesters occupying Wall Street and
elsewhere with signs reading "Tax the Rich."
No, Berger is talking about the right-wing tea party, a group
that he said may share some populist rage about the collapse of the
American middle class but that he sees as rooted in "white
supremacist" and "anti-immigrant" elements. He even likens them to
a modern Ku Klux Klan.
Berger may be wealthy, but he definitely is not the
long-lost Koch brother.
In fact, if the 63-year-old lifelong city resident carried his
own political sign, it too would read "Tax the Rich."
Berger is gaining national attention as a spokesman for a group
called Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, which advocates
for what would amount to at least a 13 percent income-tax hike on
people like themselves - Americans making more than $1 million a
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