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  •  "Fair" is getting the job done (4+ / 0-)

    The vast majority of American are in favor of raising taxes on high-income Americans. I agree that the argument at the end of your first paragraph must be made more strongly.

    •  I appreciate your point, but (1+ / 0-)
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      I think that if simply making the argument that the wealthy are not paying their fair share we'd be talking about a lot larger increase than 4.5% on their top rate.  What the diarist proposes is a campaign to shift the argument away from what is simply fair, and toward what is good for society.  The top rate should be in the 90% range, making it clear that we do not support the idea of a de facto aristocracy in thi country.

      I lie to myself because I'm the only one who continues to believe me. - Vermin

      by 84thProblem on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:47:51 AM PST

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      •  And a 90% rate is not supported (1+ / 0-)
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        The reasons are simple. It is seen as unfair, but the real reason is that top rates lower than 90% have resulted in a humming economy. Most of us will see it as raising them enough to be effective in improving the economy.

        •  You never get what you want by asking for it ... (0+ / 0-)

          only by asking for much more, then "settling" for what you really want.  Witness the conservatives - they've been arguing for what is essentially crazy-town for the rest of the country for three decades.  Do we actually live in crazy-town?  No, not really.  But I think that they're actually fine and dandy with the way things are right now!

          I lie to myself because I'm the only one who continues to believe me. - Vermin

          by 84thProblem on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:08:25 PM PST

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