Elites are literally begging world governments to raise taxes on the wealthy in a pathetic attempt to appear generous.
In a letter headlined, “Millionaires for Humanity,” liberal progressive signatories like Disney heiress and Emmy-winning director Abigail Disney and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield pleaded that “Today, we, the undersigned millionaires, ask our governments to raise taxes on people like us. Immediately. Substantially. Permanently.” Eighty-three signatories have signed onto the leftist letter so far.
The letter stated that “As Covid-19 strikes the world, millionaires like us have a critical role to play in healing our world.” It continued: “we do have money, lots of it. Money that is desperately needed now and will continue to be needed in the years ahead, as our world recovers from this crisis.”
Couldn't these elites just donate their cash instead of pushing governments to place more vice-grip tax burdens on economies? The letter has an absurd answer for that question:
The problems caused by, and revealed by, Covid-19 can’t be solved with charity, no matter how generous. Government leaders must take the responsibility for raising the funds we need and spending them fairly, [emphasis added.]
Patriotic Millionaires, one of the groups behind the effort, says in its “about” section:
We focus on three ‘first' principles: a highly progressive tax system, a livable minimum wage, and equal political representation for all citizens, [emphasis added].
Unsurprisingly, Abigail Disney is listed as a member of Patriotic Millionaires.
The letter also said that “We can ensure we adequately fund our health systems, schools, and security through a permanent tax increase on the wealthiest people on the planet, people like us.”
In a cringey display of woke-think, the letter concluded: “So please. Tax us. Tax us. Tax us. It is the right choice. It is the only choice. Humanity is more important than our money.”
The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) addressed this very conflict between the effectiveness of charitable giving versus coercive taxation in 2019.
Author Jean Vilbert wrote for FEE in an article headlined,“What If Charity Replaced Taxation?,” that a “2016 IUPUI survey asked wealthy people what they would do if taxes were eliminated.” Vilbert said “[s]eventeen percent indicated they would increase the amount they give to charity, and 6 percent said they would dramatically increase (72 percent would stay the same, and just 5 percent would reduce the contribution).”
He continued: “In 2013, the figures were even more in favor of charity: 47 percent would stay the same, 31 percent would increase, and 18 percent would dramatically increase.”
This latest push can only mean one thing: liberal progressive elites are pushing for governments to exercise greater tyranny over their economies and citizens.
Contact the elites listed and tell them to stop supporting higher taxes and anti-free market policies! Instead, they should be supporting free enterprise.