If my understanding is correct and the top 1% of society’s income is increasing, productivity is increasing, middle class income is declining, and more people are living below the poverty level, then it’s hard not to believe that there is something wrong with the way wealth is being distributed in this country. It can’t just be claimed that lower and middle class people are lazy, productivity figures show that is not true. The probable truth is that wealthy, powerful people have been able to influence and control the flow of income so they receive a larger share. We can argue about just or fair, but I think that those people working harder and making less money clearly have a valid issue and are probably not going to remain satisfied with this situation.
So isn’t the debate about taxes really a way to address this? Taxes are effective, democratic tools, which can be used to encourage a more fair income distribution. While the term “income redistribution” is used as a pejorative by some, I don’t have a problem with the tax system functioning this way, it beats a revolution, or a totalitarian government, two other ways to address this problem which come to mind. The current conservative cant is that somehow people who want to see wealth more fairly distributed are lazy, conniving, parasites. That’s an insult to millions of hardworking middle class United States citizens.