As progressives, we understand that no matter how high taxes are, they are never high enough. Conservatives often ask us whether the combined tax rate in many states is sufficient when you factor in property taxes etc., and the answer is always the same: NO! Taxes will never be sufficient, because no matter how high they are, there is always inequality. Some people always have more than others, and things are never equal. And because things will never be equal, and because over time luxuries become necessities and human rights, we will always complain that we need more wealth redistribution.
Taxes serve a very important purpose. They pay interest on the national debt, which goes into the coffers of banks and central banks. This is the reward bankers get for creating money and investing it in our economy, using it to acquire industries and lobby for profitable government programs such as wars for the military industrial complex, and green energy projects for companies like Solyndra, all of which bankers have shares in. We pay taxes to bankers, and in return they create money for us, which fuels our economy.
Without taxes, our government wouldn’t be able to borrow so much, and our consumer economy would collapse. Buy paying taxes, we are allowing our government to finance the national debt, which funds the paychecks of not only government workers, but millions of people in the retail and entertainment industries. America has a consumer economy, and consumer economies need credit to survive, so those who oppose taxes and by extension the national debt, are literally advocating for the firing of millions of hard working Americans.
It’s sad that in this day and age, we still have right wing organizations who favor reductions in tax rates, even though taxes are the very bedrock of our economy, and the only antidote to inequality. One might argue that as tax rates have increased, so has inequality, but the truth is taxes haven’t risen enough, and there are many tax havens out there in the Caribbean, where greedy businessmen are hiding their wealth from governments and bankers. It’s time for us to openly admit as progressives, that there is no magic number at which tax rates will be high enough – they will never be high enough. Things will never be fair enough, equal enough or diverse enough, until there is nothing left to redistribute, and no more white people to blame things on. The ultimate goal of progressivism is true equality, which means that there is nothing left to consume. So let’s stop bickering about tax rates, and continue to protest in the streets for equality and fairness, because as progressives it is out job to consume, not to plan ahead. And consume we shall, until there is nothing left.