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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:15 PM

COVID-19 Is The Best Argument Yet For a Wealth Tax

Amid a historic crisis, billionaires are keeping their money to themselves.

By Michael Hobbes

03/26/2020


The coronavirus pandemic is the perfect opportunity for billionaires to justify their existence.

For years, wealthy Americans have argued that philanthropy was essential to a functioning society. In contrast to unwieldy, inefficient government programs, private donors have the ability to take swift action and deliver social impact free of bureaucracy.

“My wife and I set up a foundation about 20 years ago,” computer magnate Michael Dell said last year in response to a Democratic proposal to enact a wealth tax. “I feel much more comfortable with our ability as a private donation to allocate those funds than I do giving them to the government.”

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Starbucks founder Howard Schultz made the same case, arguing that taxing wealth robs billionaires of their capacity to invest in private and public innovation. Philanthropy, Bill Gates said when asked about a wealth tax at The New York Times’ Dealbook conference last year, “plays a role that neither the private sector or the government is able to do.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-wealth-tax-billionaires_n_5e7cc0cfc5b6256a7a260ebb?14&guccounter=1

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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:21 PM

1. Excellent article. Nt

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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:35 PM

2. Rec

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Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:58 AM

3. A simple 0.25% financial transaction tax and taxing ALL income equally.

It burns my bacon that money some scrub a floor to earn gets taxed at a higher rate than money someone stuck in a bank and got interest on.

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Fri Mar 27, 2020, 03:50 AM

4. And for a Universal Basic Income, both for humanitarian reasons

and to keep the wheels of the real economy turning.

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