Foundations of Democracy: The Inheritance Tax
The American Revolution was fought to throw off the yoke of English Monarchy. To overthrow the system of inherited wealth, privilege, & power that it represented. And to replace it by a government of, by, and for the People. And the brightest parts of our history - the true claim to greatness that our country offers - are the struggles to expand the franchise. To free the slaves & secure their right to vote. To recognize the right of women to vote, of all citizens at age 18, And then to re-assert, to re-secure the Civil Rights of all citizens.
But in parallel to this great & continuing struggle, there is the dark struggle of greed with its cyclic & sickening successes. There is some point at which wealth & power become the same. In a democracy, the facilitator of this is corruption. The Gilded Age - and the Great Depression that followed from it - led to a reforming of society by democratic will expressed through FDR. Our nation is now at greater risk. The powerful have laid a solid foundation of corruption ordained by their hand-picked Supreme Court. And have achieved 'total air superiority' by their wholly owned MSM. Save for the internet - which is where you're reading this.
And the Holy Grail in this power quest: Abolishing the inheritance tax. This, being debated in Congress now, is the point at which we are again the subjects of a government dictated by inherited wealth & privilege.
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The PS: Lord Voldemo.. - sorry. He who goes by the name Mnuchin responds snidely to Sen. Sanders that the super-rich will hardly be affected by abolishing the estate tax - as they have exceptionally fine estate planners. Which begs the question: Why then do they insist on it? If nobody's paying hardly nothing - why go to all this trouble? With the bad optics: It sorta looks like the uber-rich prefer that poor folks die than that the they be taxed - when in truth. . . well that is the truth. But still, why bother? I suggest that the sub-text is clear. That all that estate planning costs money: setting trust funds, the high cost of tax deductions for philanthropy. . . Basically one loses some control of some fraction your immense wealth - before the day you die. Yes, frequently that degree of control devolves on your own children & family. But how are you gonna keep them completely under your control if you can't threaten them with penury? That I suggest is the psychological driver behind this anti-democratic, anti-American abomination. (Feel free to ask me how I really feel.)