It depends of course what sort of country you want. If you want a kind of super banana republic in which the wealthy retain most of their coins you cut taxes on the rich, write legislation that favors a select privileged few and drastically rein in social safety net costs.

On the other hand if you want a country that is a healthy and vibrant place for all its citizen then the rich need to pay up a goodly portion of their income, as they did during the heyday of America — 1950 to around 1970. You can’t get blood out of a stone — the non well-off. This is not only fair, but in the long run it works out best for everyone including the super rich.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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