Originally Posted by brewmenn
I understand everyone's arguments. I just have 3 questions:
1. How much suffering are you willing to ignore? Are you OK with driving past shanty towns on your way to work? Are you OK with having to step over starving children on your way into a restaurant? While in the long run, (meaning many decades or centuries), maybe we'd be better off by letting the weak die off, are you ready for seeing a short term, (meaning a few decades) of terrible suffering?
2. How much of a gap between the wealthy and the poor can this country handle? Most "first world" nations, like the USA and much of Europe, have a strong middle class and lower gap between the average worker and the wealthy. Most "third world" have a huge gap between the average worker and the wealthy. How long before this country slides down to third world status?
3. If low taxes on the wealthy brings prosperity for all, why isn't our economy going gangbusters right now? Taxes, especially on the wealthy, are near historic lows right now. Where is the prosperity? If high taxes in the wealthy is a "job killer" why is it that some of the most prosperous times in this country (1950's) also saw some of the highest tax rates?
1. That's exactly what private charities are for. Gleaner's, Salvation Army, soup kitchens, etc. I'm all for charity, just not in the form of being channeled through the government.
2. Once people are forced to actually provide for themselves, I truly believe the gap would shorten.
3. I don't think there is any type of direct ratio for % taxes vs. economic prosperity. The issue has a much larger equation and way too many variables to gain a picture perfect understanding of it.