Today many call for “smaller government” without knowing the purposes and needs of government. It is similar to the “Social Darwinism” in Germany in the 1930s. There, the best individuals, races, and nations were supposed to be those who materially succeeded the most. In the U.S., many states are “racing to the bottom” to have as few state services as possible. They want to be unregulated businesses instead of regulating states.
During the last several decades, the average income of middle class workers remained about the same, while the top 1% of earners multiplied their wealth several fold.
As a result of President Reagan’s reducing the top federal income tax rate and the capital gain tax (which apply only to those with stocks with capital gains), the 400 wealthiest families in the U. S. paid a tax of only 14% in 2008. In the 1950s, the top federal income tax was over 90%.
We need leaders who want to and know how to reverse such changes.
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