When I was a progressively minded editorial writer, I was never opposed to higher income taxes. I come from a long line of Brunoris who knew neither terrible poverty nor great wealth. It was easy to shrug off attempts to tax people who were better off than I am. But now I'm convinced that calls for more progressive taxes are ploys to get the successful (or lucky) to pay for special-interest wants and desires. The call for higher taxes on the wealthy is often tied with tear-jerking stories about how the money will be used for kids and working families. It often reminds me of a Humane Society commercial featuring sad-eyed puppies in a cage. If we only raise the tax on millionaires, the puppies will be free.
The right-wing radio hosts say the call for higher taxes is a socialist plot. There are a few delusional politicians who'd like to redistribute wealth for the sake of redistributing wealth. They're the ones with Red Army hats in their closets from college. But most politicians calling for higher taxes aren't delusional lefties. Rather, their goals are much more nefarious. They'd like to take your money and give it to their friends.
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