Vermont Senator and White House hopeful Bernie Sanders has made no secret that he wishes to make some pretty radical changes to our country. Between universal healthcare, education, and income, Americans will have plenty of governmental aid and support, but it will come at a steep price.
But don’t worry, Bernie has a plan. More and higher taxes. Yep. That’s it. Raise the taxes enough, and we can pay for anything. One of the taxes is a sweeping wealth tax. The wealth tax, which is also Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren’s solution for similar government policies, is a tax that is put on not income but wealth.
So it matters not what a person makes in a year or what their salary is but how much they have in assets, such as property, money in the bank, and other valuables.
According to two economists who helped both Sanders and Warren devise the plan, it is said to cut the wealth of a typical billionaire in half. This money taken from the wealthy would then be put towards “Medicare for All,” government housing plans, free daycare, and other campaign proposals that will cost an outrageous amount of money.
While the idea of taking from those who have plenty to pay for America’s needs might be a horrible idea, some of Sander’s policies are. And they would be the beginning of a socialist regime. If you don’t believe me, just listen to what the Vermont Senator told The New York Times on Tuesday about his plan.
He said, “I don’t think that billionaires should exist.” And he continued with, “I hope the day comes when they don’t.”
At first thought, we might think he is talking about the kind of person that is a stereotypical billionaire. You know the type that has so much they don’t even know what do with it all, so they waste it on things they don’t need, could never actually use, or on items that just plain ridiculous for one person to own, while the rest of us work two jobs to barely put food on the table.
And to some extent, he might be. After all, why does anyone person or household need that much money?
But what he is actually implying is that there should be a limit to how much a person can earn or make in a lifetime. People shouldn’t be allowed to become wealthy. That is how much he wants the government to be in control.
If you have dreams of making a fortune in the stock market, inventing the newest must-have tech, or becoming the next Brad Pitt, you had better give up on those if Sanders becomes president.
Luckily, most of America disagrees with him. A new study by the Cato Institute shows that 82 percent of Americans believe people “should be allowed to become billionaires.”
Furthermore, 75 percent of America disagrees with the idea that it is “immoral for society to allow people to become billionaires.”
And why would they believe such? To do so would be to limit themselves, to tell their children that you really can’t be anything you want to. It would ultimately hinder the idea of capitalism and everything our nation was founded on.
Do you remember why America was formed, to begin with? What started it all? People were looking to escape a government that was all too controlling. Religious freedoms were taken, taxes raised ever higher, and limitations were placed on every citizen except for the elite.
America had had enough. They demanded their rights, their freedoms, and the ability to dream of becoming more. Those demands were denied, and so we struck out on our own to make a better type of government.
One that was for the people and of the people. One that didn’t put a limit on who its citizens could be or what they dreamed of.
And it is from that founding that the “American Dream” became a reality. To put anyone in charge of our free nation who wishes to put limits on her people and would deny them the right to live out their dreams is to forget our history, to say it was all for nothing, and to give up on America.
That is not what we want for ourselves or our future. So we must say no to Sanders, a man who wants to limit you.