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  •  "shared sacrifice" drives me crazy... (19+ / 0-)
    I get taxes are not fun but they're a shared sacrifice. And maybe that's the problem, too many rich people have no idea or concept of sacrifice.
    I agree with most of what you say, but the term "shared sacrifice" is not a helpful meme, and Democrats ought to stop using it.

    Nobody should think of taxes as a sacrifice.
    They are an INVESTMENT.

    We have seen what has happened to this country in the last 30+ years as revenue has been purposefully decreased...we are desperate for increased investment in human capital, infrastructure, climate change issues, etc.

    Calling increased taxes a sacrifice appeals to an altruism that doesn't exist in Republican policymakers. It implies choice. If someone owes something, it is not a sacrifice -- it is a debt to be paid.

    Taxes are our dues, to be paid on a sliding scale, like many organizations organize their revenue collection. They should be paid willingly because they make our nation stronger, and better.

    If you would not trade places with the person who has less than you, who is struggling, who is suffering from physical, mental, emotional conditions or limitations -- the "moocher" you decry -- then you should never begrudge the small amount our government wants to take from you to give to that person.

    It won't make that person rich like you -- but it might fill his belly, keep him warm, help him learn, give him hope.

    "I think in America, the opposite of poverty is justice." Bryan Stevenson

    by gfre on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 07:18:55 AM PST

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