A current proposal would raise the tax level to 45 percent for those making between $1 million and $10 million yearly. Those who fall in that category complain that such a large bite of their revenue is unfair.
This reluctance to pay a larger share of an already astronomical income reminded me, by contrast, of an article I once read about some American Indian cultures. In that culture, young men achieved self-esteem and social prestige in the tribe not by accumulating wealth but by acquiring wealth (horses, guns, food, clothing) and giving it away to other members of the tribe. Those who provided for the tribe the most were given the greatest respect and honor within that society. What a person owned meant nothing; what a person provided meant everything.
Instead of complaining how much society is taking away, why don’t the rich find pride in the fact that the fruit of their labor is providing for their “tribe” in an unparalleled measure?
In turn, the rest of us need to stop worshiping those who accumulate, hoard and live extravagant lifestyles and instead learn from the American Indian by giving our greatest respect to those who use their gifts and their skills of acquisition to give back to their society the most.