Re: We need to Tax the Rich
posted at 7/28/2011 1:07 PM EDT
In Response to Re: We need to Tax the Rich
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: We need to Tax the Rich : So, you say that the rich don't pay more is unfair. I ask if the top 4% paying 70% of the income tax is fair, And then you decide fairness is not the issue, moving the goal posts. you couldn't answer the question, could you? Should all peopl have equal wealth? Earned or unearned? Is it the role of government to redistributre others wealth to those who have not earned it? Is it fair to take from those who produce, and give it to those who, watch this now, won't produce?
Posted by skeeter20[/QUOTE]
No, that's not what I said...I said one conservative argument is that taxing the rich more is unfair...despite the fact of how unpopular that view actually is. Most people view the fat cats in league with (at best) or pulling the strings of (at worst) lawmakers, and they're not wrong in either case.
Again, "fairness" is subjective. However, that doesn't mean that the government should abdicate its obligation to support its most vulnerable citizens. This last point is the true measure of any system of governance; as it happens, it's also enshrined in our constitution. To put it more obtusely, helping our neighbors is the patriotic thing to do.
Now, we can certainly debate about how
to go about addressing obvious inequalities, but personally I will continue to believe that neither the gov't nor private sectors have all the answers and that equitable partnerships between the two are the way forward. Some gov't services should be privatized; some should not; others require joint efforts.
Repeat: it's counterfactual to argue that either problems or solutions lay with one sector over another when the interests of the nation are at stake.