It's bad enough that AARP is betraying the wishes of its members and throwing its support behind Social Security benefit cuts. Doing it under the false pretense that benefit cuts are inevitable is even worse.
Did you know that millionaires and billionaires only make payroll tax contributions on earnings of $106,800? If you didn't, it could be because you are among the 94% of American earners who make less than that amount.
What changed the labor advocate -- with enough street cred to get elected president of Hollywood's actors union -- into a labor basher extraordinaire? According to Reagan himself, the federal income tax.
The NY City Council's Progressive Caucus has introduced a plan to place a temporary city/state income tax surcharge on the wealthiest -- precisely the amount of the tax windfall they will get under the new tax plan.
The passage of the Oregon's tax-the-rich ballot propositions is one more indication that most believe the vast wealth in the hands of individuals and corporations should be drawn upon to promote the public welfare.
"Much has been given" to those Americans at the pinnacle of wealth. So it is only fair that "much will be required" when it comes to helping pay for health insurance for those who can't otherwise afford it.
On any one day, there is only so much money to go round. If the folks in the big office keep taking so much more than their fair share, it is the rest of those they employ who suffer. It is time to hike up taxes on the super-rich.