Taxing the rich doesn’t work

History is beginning to repeat itself. Hitler is known for his genocide; however, that genocide started as "tax the rich.” Stalin started with "tax the rich" and everyone ended up suffering equally under Soviet rule. Now we have administration officials and their local supporters yelling the same "tax the rich.”

No, I'm not comparing anyone with anyone. I am pointing out that history shows that "tax the rich" has unintended consequences that affect everyone.

It is also hypocritical that the same writers who call for civility demonize those whose only sin was to work hard and yet now think they are owed what someone else earned and have no right to leave it to their heirs. Whose money is it? Theirs, not yours, not the government’s. Knowing that if everything I worked for would go to those who live off the government, then why would I want to succeed and open a business that will bring work to people in the first place?

That is exactly what happened and why everyone in the Soviet Union suffered. Yes. Family farms suffer the same fate under these one-size-fits-none death tax laws.

Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Some writers speak the conservative speak, yet advocate the taking of the fruits of someone else’s labor.

Those who advocate taking from those who earned their money is just as repugnant to me as those who wish to overthrow the government.

Both are extremes. Beware of extremists. While "tax the rich" may sound good today, history tells us that we all suffer the unintended consequences of extremist actions.

John Martinez 


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