Kent D. April 16, 2019 10:12 a.m.
"Throughout history, all attempts to equalize outcomes and redistribute wealth have failed."
Raymond, where did you get this idea? Fox News? During the post-WWII years, our top marginal tax rate was 90 percent or higher. With this funding, we paid down our war debt, rebuilt Europe, fueled a post-war economic boom, sent a generation of veterans to college, and guess what? The rich still got richer. But we also created a prosperous middle class, which is being decimated now by GOP policies.
But our real problem is not the redistribution of wealth through taxation. It is the initial distribution of wealth, where almost all of it goes to the top instead of sharing it with those who make and sell the products and create the profits. If the workers who create wealth got a fair share of the profits, we would not need to "redistribute" wealth. The fact that the owners of capital take all the profits is what you would call an inequity. It is inherently unfair.
So let's fix the system by changing the initial distribution of wealth. Then we will have less inequality and more equitable and fair society.