During last night’s debate, much was made of the plight of Joe the Plumber. According to Johnny Mac, under Obama’s tax plan, Joe the Plumber will have to pay higher taxes if he were to run his own business.
If Johnny Mac is telling the truth, I’d like to know what kind of company Joe is running. Holy crap! Dude is going to make over $250,000 a year running a plumbing company? I had no idea! Shit. If Roto Rooter is looking for a new franchise, I’ll be happy to open one up. I mean, dude apparently looks like this most working days:
He can’t afford a decent pair of pants, but he makes over $250,000?
As a matter of policy, Obama’s plan to raise taxes on those making over $250,000/year is just fair. I hate paying taxes. But even if you looked at the tax policy from a purely selfish standpoint, those who make a very comfortable living will ultimately benefit from a society that does not turn its back on those who can barely make ends meet. How, you ask? Republicans talk about trickle-down economics, but that theory of economics ignores the very beneficial radiating effects of a lower-income class that is not abandoned. Ultimately, it’s all about fairness — read John Rawls’ Theory of Justice. You’ll see what I mean. We may not live in a utopian or egalitarian society, but we can sure as hell try.
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