Tax the Rich Is a Poor Man’s Solution
It’s a poor solution as well. The reason we get a knee-jerk reaction to ‘make the bastards pay’ is because we haven’t had a realistic conversation about ‘who does what’ in this country for almost as long as I can remember.
It’s not about greed, it’s about equity
The big fight in Congress at the moment purports to be about whether or not America can afford Jo Biden’s plan for a Green New Deal. He calls it Build Back Better, but it’s basically a jobs and environmental program.
The price tag was $3.5 trillion, and it’s now been chiseled away to less than half that, but Republicans aren’t going to let him (or us) have it. Too expensive they say, without any sense of shame at all for wasting $10 trillion in Afghanistan. Where’s the money gonna come from?
Not a problem. The world is awash in money. $450 million for a Picasso, $20 million for a bespoke Rolls Royce, much of it based on dollar-a-day wages for workers putting together $150 athletic shoes. There’s nothing equitable in that, but by…