Sunday, January 29, 2012


Phobia: 1. A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous. 2. The fear that paying a slightly higher tax rate will threaten the uber-rich's financial portfolio and drive them into poverty.
What is the debate here? When we were in the middle of a world war, and the government needed supplies, scrap drives were created and the results were phenomenal. When we needed to boost production of planes for the war effort, everyone pitched in (Rosie the riveter) and production went from 6k in 1940 to 96k in 1944, enough to fill the skies...and victory was ours. No one complained as the government rationed sugar, gasoline, tires, coffee, meat, etc.
Today our country is in the midst of an economic crisis; have we become so spoiled, so jaded, so selfish that we cannot ever come together as a country for a common cause ever again?
Critics of closing tax breaks and tax loopholes for the uber wealthy often say that when compared to the deficit, it would be a "drop in the bucket." I say so what's the problem? We could use some drops in the bucket right now. I'm not rich by any means, but I would gladly pay an extra percentage of taxes to right the economy.
This isn't about redistribution of wealth or 1%'s about patriotism. Thank God WWII happened a few generations ago instead of today...imagine our generation given ration books and asked to "come to the aid of their country?"

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