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  •  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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      Peace Missile

      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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