This pro-Bernie grassroots website is getting some play on my social media feeds today. I didn’t have to read past the first bullet point to be reminder that I do like Bernie, but…
I’m not sure I understand this notion that it’s okay to levy high taxes on the rich because, well, they’re the rich. And because there are only a few of them so it won’t impact most of us. As a voting American I hope I never lose sight of the fact that I’m not only voting for what’s good and best for me, personally, but for what’s good and best across the board. And, I’m sorry, but I’ll never be convinced that forcing any wage-earner, no matter their socioeconomic status, to hand over more than 50% of their income to the federal government is okay — not in this society or any other.
Sanders’ plan would raise taxes on the richest of the rich (in excess of $10 million) from the current top level percentage of 43% — which is too high — to 52%. On some level, this might benefit me . . . although I wouldn’t hold my breath. I don’t seem to fall into the category that benefits from any of America’s federal Robin Hood schemes. Bernie’s plan does claim that I would have more than $8,000 more per year in my pocket. But if it isn’t okay for the government to take more of my salary than it allows me to keep, then it isn’t okay for the government to take more of anyone’s salary than it allows them to keep.
Frankly, the fact that so many American young people seem to be convinced that it’s perfectly acceptable for the government to take from those who’ve earned more and give to those who’ve earned less just so we can all be hypothetical equals makes me afraid for our youth.