sorry if i offended anyone
- Nov 26, 2008
alternative explanation: smart become earn more money, intelligence is highly hereditary, high earners therefore have smarter kids and hence high-earning kidsThe circumstances you are born into are highly predictive of future success and attainment.
Which makes a lot of sense, my SE background suggests I should be stupid and and destined for a low-income job, but that's not the case. The kids who never amounted to anything were already well behind in primary school and never got better. Giving them more money would never have helped them.
I'm fairly certain he's not saying the rich shoudn't be taxed, its that the rich shouldn't be taxed more, which is entirely reasonable. To the extent that sufficient healthcare and education cannot be provided to the masses from the current amount of income tax revenue (which is not really the case), its absolutely because of the egregious wastefulness of the government, not the insufficiency of revenue.Without universal affordable quality health and education, this inequality would be entrenched to a much greater extent. The social goods provided by taxing the rich allow the opportunity of a better life to people who would otherwise be denied, not through laziness or any character flaw, but simply from the unfortunate circumstances of their birth.
I don't know how you could possibly believe that coming from a place like where you do., not through laziness or any character flaw,