chi chi wrote:Skyhigh taxes for the rich can provide free quality public transport for all.
I get the feeling you were raised in a well off family and were given everything you wanted without having to earn it. Later, maybe to assuage feelings of guilt, you figured everyone else should be entitled to the same. If you're going to use extremes to make a point I guess it's fair to counter with extremes from the other point of view.
I hate to sound anything like Ayn Rand, but your extreme idea sounds like it would cause the rich (can you define "rich" for us so we're all on the same page?) to stop being the engines of production. If I were subject to sky high taxes (do you have any specifics, or are you just able to speak in generalities?) I'd close down my businesses (that provide jobs) take my toys, and live a tranquil life on one of my properties and live off the money I have stashed away. If you take nearly every thing I have earned I no longer have an incentive to produce any more. Now who's going to pay to provide "free quality public transport for all," after the guy subject to sky high taxes decides to shut down his factory that produces buses and other modes of public transportation? You might say the workers would take over the means of production but we've all seen how well that worked with the U.S.S.R.. The people lived in misery with no Caterpillar shoes on the shelves to buy, no opportunity to own a property - certainly not two properties, and were forbidden to leave their country. I don't think you'd like it.
Do you believe absolutely no one but the rich have an obligation to contribute to society? You seem to want it both ways. You want your nice Caterpillar brand clothes that you get at Jockey Plaza (especially when it's 2 x 1) and to be able to fly all over the world while advocating a Socialist system that would allow you none of these things. You're talking out of both sides of your mouth. Winston Churchill once said, "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, it's inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." This idea of having taxing the rich sky high so that everyone can shop in malls like Jockey Plaza and buy designer clothes for their international jet set lifestyle is pure fantasy. I'd love to live in a Utopian world where everyone had access to same high standard of living, no one had to actually work, and all of our desires were magically provided for us, but you give no specifics on how any of this can work or sustain itself. It's a nice theory that we can all live a high standard of living without being responsible for producing anything, but the reality is that we'd all be wallowing in the misery of the same low standard of living lifestyle. The reality is you're a Caterpillar brand wearing, jet setting, multiple property owning person of certain privilege taking advantage of the Capitalist system and all that it provides you while making claims of being an anti-Capitalist populist that are transparently false.