While I am not a millionaire and I don't even qualify for the current New York State surcharge on higher income earners, I should be paying more taxes too. Maybe that would clean up some of the economic problems plaguing New York City.
I would suggest that a good anthropologist might help the Rick Scott and his friends -- those who are so angry at Warren Buffett and the "Occupiers" -- understand why so many people finally seem to have had enough.
As the debate over the millionaire's tax continues, we would like to clarify a few key points.
Reduce income inequality and you reduce the rates of every kind of social malaise that are draining our federal, state and local budgets and services. Eradicate both and you have a certain moneymaker for America.
Poverty levels are rising to numbers not seen for half a century. One-third of children in the District of Columbia go to bed hungry at night. And Daniel Snyder just bought a $70 million yacht.
The president has been accused of class warfare for trying to raise the taxes on the wealthy. His reply was "This is not class warfare, this is math." This is classless, it is not war, nor is it fair.
Republicans feel they've seized a winning talking point by labeling as "class warfare" Obama's plan to ask the wealthiest to pay a bit more in taxes. Is that label sticking? And does it hurt?
Progressive taxation is a palatable approach to deficit reduction embraced by the public -- unlike nearly every other deficit reduction approach.
Three years ago Warren Buffett said "Be fearful when everyone is greedy. Be greedy when everyone is fearful." We had just seen a huge crash in worldwi...
It's all a dance, really. A Democratic president summons the gumption to call for higher taxes on the rich and Republicans cry like third graders having their ice cream taken away and given to the neighbor's dog.
The Republicans' invocation of "class warfare" is a political ploy that the vast majority of Americans want no part of. Warren Buffett is not alone.
Deficit reduction as a cure for a prolonged jobs recession not only mixes the message, it does nothing to put unemployed people back to work and it deprives government of the resources it needs to help the needy and get the economy back on track.
If Buffett is seeking for Americans to give more capital to the government, then why not hold them to the same standards that he does for the management of the companies that he invests in?
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