Saturday, April 30, 2011

A few random thoughts, #3

Andrew Leonard wonders, How hard can it be to tax the rich? In Salon last week he pointed to several strands of evidence - perhaps most tellingly that Paul Ryan's own constituents booed him when he said we do tax the rich - that together clearly indicate a willingness on the part of Americans to see the rich pay more.

But as far as I'm concerned, "tax the rich" is lame. Tax the rich? Screw that. Soak the rich!

Hell, screw soak the rich, impoverish the rich. Let them live like the rest of us - and I mean actually like the rest of us, living one missed paycheck from financial disaster (and maybe 32% interest rates) and for who cutting back means skipping going to the movies, not skipping flying to the Cannes Film Festival this year.

The simple fact, the simple moral truth, is that as long as there are those who don't have enough, there are others who have too much. That doesn't mean everyone has to have the same - but it does mean by all that is just that everyone must have enough.

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