reply to post by glasshouse and others
I was seriously impressed with wildtimes' description of the problem earlier in the thread:
If we go back to it, we'll find that she was not calling for the confiscation of all "excess" goods, but pointing out the difference that a few
dollars and caring people can make to Americans who are suffering badly.
She was also not calling for criticism of the government for taking either too much or too little for taxes. She was challenging me, and you, and all
of us to see where our treasure is. If one is from any significant religious tradition, one will find a command to give alms to the poor, provide aid
for the suffering, clothes for the naked, food for the hungry, water for the thirsty. One can ignore those commands, but they are there
Now, glasshouse, can you agree with her at least that far? If so, welcome aboard. Now how do we do it? The current solution is to forcibly take
money from people, run it through D.C. and send the remains to wasteful programs. Prior to that, people donated to churches and to needy
How do we solve the problem? Ideally, people would give voluntarily. Being forced to give charity is no charity at all. It demeans the giver and
the recipient. How do we encourage people to give voluntarily? Here, I'd like your ideas.
The problem, therfore, isn't really about the tax levels of the super rich. Change your focus a little. Help come up with a solution, instead of
being defensive and aggressive. (Yes, I know I was defensive in the post that was ruled "off-topic," and I'm ashamed of that. But the point is
You must be an influential guy, come up with a plan or idea that you can use your influence with others to help promote. If I can help, I will.