First, absolute logic fail: being the wealthiest country in the world by no means suggests that the wealth has to be concentrated in the hands of the top 1, 2, or 4 % of the population. We could still be the wealthiest country in the world if 60% of us held the majority of the wealth, or if only 4% of us lived in poverty, or if every citizen had the exact same amount of wealth, or any of dozens of other scenarios. Further, the poorest country in the world could similarly have a huge gap in wealth among its citizens. It is not the total amount of wealth that determines the gap, SS--it's how the wealth is distributed.Of course the wealthiest country has the greatest gap, how can you have a greater gap if there is less wealth? You can't make everyone wealthy (although we have done a better job of that than any civilization throughout history) but you can make everyone except the ruling class poor (as has been proven time and time again, frequently through some form of marxism).
Why is it so easy to advocate class warfare and demonize those that have achieved an income greater than some arbitrary number like $200,000.00 or (as Obama lied about no tax increase not a single dime) $250,000.00. Why it is those very people who pay more than 50% of income tax. Those 4% pay more than the 96% of the remaining population COMBINED! They should be thanked, not demonized.
National Taxpayers Union - Who Pays Income Taxes?
And yeah, class warfare, whatever. As William Sloane Coffin famously said:
"When the rich take from the poor, it's called an economic plan. When the poor take from the rich, it's called class warfare."
And SS, it isn't the top 4% who pay 96% of the taxes--it's the top 50% that share that burden, and that top 50% includes those who earn just $33,000 a year. That's a vastly different scenario than what you suggest.
And, honestly, I don't care that the wealthy pay the biggest portion of taxes. Why shouldn't they? The top 20% of our population holds 80% of all the wealth. The more you make, the more you pay--that's the hallmark of a progressive tax code. Further, you're only talking about federal income taxes. If we include payroll taxes and a handful of other regressive taxes, the burden shifts downward considerably.