I was reading the news about Joe Biden's argument that paying more taxes is an act of patriotism, which I suppose it could be the case if it were voluntary, when it hit me, I don't believe in using the tax code to distribute wealth, except perhaps to care for the poorest and neediest among us.
I thought Biden's wording was telling:
"We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people," Biden said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" (from Yahoo News).
Yeah, that's right, TAKE MONEY. It sounds like stealing.
I am a middle class American. I am struggling financially. I have raised five children on one salary (until now - my wife who has worked hard day after day for years caring for our children and homeschooling has just this season gotent a job outside the home) and it has been no walk in the park We have had big medical bills. We deal with debt. We live in a small house. But I'm doing OK, and by the standards of the world as a whole, I am rich.
But I do not believe that someone who makes over $250,000 owes me a penny, and to take money from them to give it to me would be little more than stealing as far as I am concerned.
I just don't think this is right. It's like there is this undercurrent assumption that people who make over $250,000 in income have somehow sinned, and now they have to be punished. I would rather see those people spend their money how they see fit, legally of course.
So this was kind of an "aha" moment for me. Thank you Joe Biden.