“One of the reasons that we have government is to facilitate the intake of money from the people and turn it into something that is sustainable to take care of the nation’s people.” –Colin Powell
This notion is definitely a noble idea, there are some interesting questions that arise from this statement. For example, is it the government’s responsibility to take care of its people by taxing those who make a lot of money, or is it the upper class’s responsibility to chip in and help out?
One of the biggest problems in our society is the disparity between all of the classes, mainly the upper class and the rest of the classes. What is interesting is that the middle class is disappearing. This is because the majority of the money made in our country goes to the top one percent of the country’s socioeconomic strata. This means that money is leaving the middle class and going to the upper class, forcing the rest of the people down. This is something that must be stopped in order to achieve more equality within our country.
As a result, there is much turmoil as to whether we can use the government to institute high taxes on the upper class and help redistribute this wealth. This is a very good idea (or at least it seems so), but may be difficult in implementation. However, just because it is difficult does not mean that it is not worth a try.
More philosophical debates to come soon!