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Arrogant Rich People: Taxation, Income Disparity, and the Shrinking Middle Class
Ok, so we got off on a big tangent in the healthcare thread thanks to a troll alt that essentially argued that poor, downtrodden rich people are going to be dying in the streets because of a tax increase to pay for healthcare and the sunsetting of the Bush tax cuts. This is retarded for many reasons, which I hope we'll discuss in this thread. Mainly I'd like to focus on taxation, the growing income gap between the classes, the shrinking middle class, and social responsibility.
Now we've had a lot of taxation threads before, so I don't want to retread all of that stuff too much, but generally speaking progressive taxation is good because the people who get the most use and benefit out of the government are the primary bankrollers of it. Amazingly enough, these happen to be rich people, despite the bullshit we're always told about "moochers" and "welfare queens". As I've said before, rich people pay taxes for the privilege of being rich and having their riches protected from something like a populist revolution against their excesses.