Members of a group of left-wing, pro-tax millionaires seem unwilling to part with their fortunes unless Uncle Sam takes it from them — and everyone else — by force.
As CNSNews.com recently reported, last Tuesday, this year’s federal tax-filing deadline, members of a group called Patriotic Millionaires held a press conference at the Capitol and called for Congress to raise taxes on the wealthy, such as themselves.
“We are a group of hundreds of wealthy Americans and business leaders united in our concern about historic levels of inequality and the destabilizing level of wealth and power in America,” said Morris Pearl, a former BlackRock executive and the current chairman of the Patriotic Millionaires.
Pearl said he and a “few dozen other members of Patriotic Millionaires” appeared at the event “with one request to our lawmakers in there: Tax us! We want to pay higher taxes and everyone else wants to pay higher taxes as well.”
CNSNews noted that one of Walt Disney’s heirs, Abigail Disney, argued that America needs a new tax code that “requires those who have benefitted the most from America’s economic structure, to recycle a significant portion of that benefit back into our society, rather than allowing them to amass fortunes so large that they threaten our democracy.”
At least two left-wing Democratic lawmakers spoke in favor of the group’s plan.
Stephen Moore, a conservative economist and former adviser to former President Donald Trump, offered the “patriots” the opportunity to do just that.
Moore, who leads a group called the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, approached the group, asking them to sign a pledge to voluntarily send more money to Washington.
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“We’re hoping that each one of you will sign this pledge that says you will pay a 90% tax, just as you’re endorsing today — because you say it’s your patriotic duty to do so — and so I’m hoping each one of you will sign this pledge,” Moore told the group.
When Moore began circulating the petitions to the members, Pearl noted, “We said we wanted to change the system.”
To which Moore replied, “No, you said you wanted to pay more taxes. … Don’t you think it’s your patriotic duty to pay more taxes?”
In a video posted to Twitter after the event, Moore noted, “A bunch of millionaires said they want to pay higher taxes and they’re advocating for it, but they won’t sign a pledge saying they’re willing to pay the taxes that they endorse. In fact, not one of these Patriotic Millionaires raised their hand and said I’m willing to pay more taxes voluntarily.”
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