Should the rich pay more taxes to reduce inequality: Do progressive taxes punish those who are willing to work harder?

  • The rich should pay more taxes

    A progressive tax system is the most fair way to finance the government. It is not a punishment on those earning more, because much of the time this is wealth that has been inherited. Even when it is not, earnings do not happen in a vacuum and whether it was from a public education or roads for transportation or federal college loans, anyone's success ha some aspect of government help behind it.

  • No, progressive taxes punish nobody

    There is no reason that the rich should not pay more taxes in a society that has the biggest income gap in the ranking of so-called first world nations. A higher income does not necessarily mean a person has worked harder or is working harder than those in poverty, working multiple jobs just to make sure their families have semi-adequate housing.

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