I agree but many will no doubt argue that the poor often times have also used society only in different ways, not to accumulate wealth but rather to be kept in jail, or fed, or clothed, etc., therefore, at least as a percentage of their net worth, the poor should pay at least as much as the wealthy. At the very least they should pay back the “extra” amount they have “taken” from society before getting any sort of “break.” Of course this same argument made in reverse was made in this very article as a justification as to why the wealthy should pay more. Again, I am in complete agreement but wonder if there might not be a better way than simply targeting wealth broadly. In the same way that not all poor people have “used” society in the ways I mentioned the wealthy have not all “used” society in the same way to gain their wealth. Yes, many things are shared broadly such as infrastructure and the military and capitalism itself but others are much more specific. I suppose I have just made an argument for those micro targeted taxes that everybody hates.

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