Economic Reality of a Wealth Tax
Proponents of big government, from both the left and right,
share one important trait; namely, both spend their waking hours dreaming up new schemes to tax wealth. Only a blind, deaf
and dumb observer of economic imbalance would deny that the massive accumulation of worldly assets into the hands of the smallest
number of robber barons in all of history is at the core of most social unrest and global instability. However, adopting a
Marxist outlook on the evils of the bourgeoisie simply confuses the nature of the financial magnates, while blaming
the hard pressed merchant class for conducting beneficial business. Creation of tangible wealth is the greatest achievement
in the uplifting and improvement of the human condition, when that stream of riches flows between and among entrepreneurs
and business proprietors.
A viable middle class only exists, when the
velocity of money grows, as expectation of future prosperity becomes the cornerstone of economic development. Wealth is not
the problem. Only the crony capitalists, who game the political system and fix the financial markets, present the fundamental
reason why sharing of wealth has become an intangible for most people.
"Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, called for a progressive estate tax on multi-millionaires and billionaires during a speech on Saturday.
education and other neglected national priorities.
"A nation will not survive morally or economically
when so few have so much while so many have so little," Mr. Sanders said at the Vermont AFL-CIO annual convention."We need a tax system which asks the billionaire class to pay its fair share of taxes and which reduces the obscene degree
of wealth inequality in America," said Mr. Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.According
to Mr. Sanders, taxing the top .25 percent of wealthiest Americans is the fairest way to reduce wealth inequality, lower the
$17 trillion national debt and pay for investments in infrastructure,
Mr. Sanders‘ proposal would not raise taxes for the
remaining 99.75 percent of Americans."
If you are disturbed by such an assault on those nasty rich, the "so
called" right wing refuses to be outdone or out maneuvered.
University published Ronald McKinnon argument, The Conservative Case for a Wealth
Tax. "In order to have a fairer tax system, we should implement a
new federal wealth tax in addition to the federal income tax."
Mr. McKinnon goes on to propose that:
"With a large exemption of say $6 million that effectively excludes more than 95 percent of the population,
a moderate flat tax, say 3 percent, on wealth so defined could then be imposed . . . The new wealth tax would be levied on
the global personal domestic and foreign wealth of American residents."
Note the apparent common ground in both positions. The income tax remains and a new revenue enhancement, levied on
the assessed value of all wealth and possessions, becomes law. Guess Sanders’ confiscation looks like a bargain, compared
to the approach taken by the "so called" fiscal conservatives.
Completely absent from these trial balloons is political and economic reality. Can anyone imagine
a circumstance whereby a George Soros or a Sheldon Adelson would volunteer to surrender any additional portion of their wealth, when
much of their fortunes are devoted to the manipulation of social causes and political king making?
Do you really believe that the Warren Buffet and Bill Gates ‘Giving Pledge’ along with the 115 Billionaires
sign to give away more than half of their fortunes are for real? Even, Mr. McKinnon acknowledges two sacrosanct loopholes
in the current code, "charitable or philanthropic contributions to be deducted, and not to tax the imputed rental value
of owner-occupied homes while allowing full deductions for mortgage interest rates."
A wealth tax assessed, while you are living, will alter tax planning often and significantly,
as opposed to the estate tax that usually is prepared for well in advance.
Rates of Wealth Tax
in France serves as an example to keep in mind.
|€0 - €800,000||0%|
|€800,000 - €1,300,000||0.50%|
|€1,300,000 - €2,570,000||0.70%|
|€2,570,000 - €5,000,000||1%|
|€5,000,000 - €10,000,000||1.25%|
When such a tax rate is, half or less in France from that proposed
by Mr. McKinnon, you know we are in trouble.
The underlying objective
in these fake wealth tax schemes has nothing to do with closing the gap between Sanders’ .25 percent of wealthiest Americans,
and the working class. In essence, the goal is simply to raise more revenue for big government.
only true and factual way to stop the insatiable greed of the crony political alliance that underpins the state/capitalist
establishment is to break up the financial despotism of the banksters Federal Reserve fiat money swindle.
Taxes are forced expropriation of funds. A blueblood aristocracy once ruled society. Today
the market insiders, counterfeit their ill-gotten gains, using super computer algorithmic trading systems. Just because much
of this theft originates from a nouveau riche breed of jackals, it does not exempt their predecessor generations
from the horrendous crimes of the 19th and 20th century feudal lords of the monetary system.
society comprehends that, the wealth disparity can only be narrowed through the dismantling of the fraudulent favoritism of
political special treatment, which includes the claw back of stolen wealth, will the ordinary man regain an opportunity to
reap the rewards of his own labor and risk taking.
Instead of swelling
the coffers of the state treasury, recompense the architects, managers and visionaries of small business, who create the real
jobs in useful and productive endeavors. They deserve access to the confiscated wealth of the elite criminal class, not government.
Let actual free enterprise compete by encouraging a culture of rewarding hard work and honest
commerce. Decades of social engineering, by technocratic regulation, only favored the 1/4 of the 1%. This is the literal path
to social and economic justice.
James Hall – September 10, 2014
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