Somehow, for some strange reason a progressive tax system which is what the US has had and which it will continue to have, has been called a “socialist” system by the McCain campaign:
“His (Obama’s) plans are redistribution of wealth.. that is one of the tenets of socialism.”
But as anyone will readily attest, a progressive tax system does exactly that, it “spreads the wealth around”. The only question which the government and candidates haggle over is not if wealth will be spread around, but how much.
By now Obama and McCain’s tax plans have both been picked cleaner than a carcass by a pack of economists from both sides of the spectrum. There is unanimous consensus that Obama’s tax plans will give more money to lower income earners and tax the wealthy a little more. Take a look at this excellent visualization for more details (courtesy of ChartJunk)
So is taxing the wealthy a tad more a bad thing?
John McCain doesn’t think so. Or at least, didn’t used to think so.
Listen as he answer’s a young woman’s question in this following video. She even brings up the “S” word (socialism) and McCain rightfully bats it down graciously.
“When you reach a certain level of comfort, there is nothing wrong with paying somewhat more”
“I think the first people that deserve a tax cut are working Americans with children…”
Where did this McCain go? This version would have stood a chance of actually winning against Obama. This version wouldn’t have given more tax cuts to millionaires while ignoring “working Americans” as his current tax plan does.
Look, I consider myself a capitalist through and through. Having said that, it doesn’t take a genius to see the inherent problem that concentration of wealth presents to any society. We are not a collection of individuals, we are a community, a society and we need to understand that. What is best for 0.1% of the wealthiest shouldn’t be ahead of what is best for the 99% of the rest of society.
For this and (many) other reasons, I’m saddened that as a non-US citizen I can not take part in this US election and vote for Barack Obama.
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