The other day, I talked with a left-leaning Bernie Sanders supporter who disliked Clinton and therefore did not vote this time around in the 2016 Presidential Election. He told me we should tax the rich to pay for college for every American, to pay for health care of every American and to give a minimum check to every person who did not have a job. I smiled and said; oh really and he said; “Yah!”
So, I asked him how much did he think all that would cost. He said; “a lot, but if we tax the rich we could pay for it all.” Actually, I explained to him that there were many billionaires but if we took “all of their money” it wouldn’t even run our government for 6-months and then they wouldn’t be rich anymore, they’d be as poor as a family living in the projects, so they wouldn’t have anything to tax next year to pay. I suggested that maybe we should tax the rich so the government could help the poor pay more attention. Without thinking about it, he just said “Yah!”
You see, he didn’t care what the tax was for, he just wanted to soak the rich. I asked him if he realized that rich people were a small minority in America, and that we’d be attacking minorities if we taxed them more than everyone else. He said; “Who cares, tax the rich!” Okay, so I asked him if he cared about rich people and he said; “Hell No!” I laughed and I said that was a good thing that he didn’t care about them? He asked me why, and I told him because with talk like that I bet they don’t care about you either. He just stopped talking for a moment to consider that point.
Then he said to me; “The rich have everything.” And, I asked him if he’d like to be rich too, and he said; “Of course” and then I asked him if it would be okay if I hired the government to come and take all his money, his house and belongings. He said, “no” because he felt that wouldn’t be right. I told him; tough luck, because next time someone like Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton runs for office I will vote for them to come take your money and then give it to me. He was starting to see my point, but angry he’d lost the debate. Actually, he lost more than that, he’d already lost his moral high ground. Think on this.