Dear Mr. Trump,
You said on Sunday that you are open to raising taxes on wealthy Americans, thereby reversing your prior proposal to reduce taxes on all Americans. "I am willing to pay more, and you know what, the wealthy are willing to pay more," you said on ABC's This Week.
What the hell is going on? If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were a typical politician.
I don’t care if you are willing to pay more. You are free to give away as much of your own money as you wish. This does not give you the right to impose this “generosity” on others.
The same goes for any other wealthy people willing to pay more. You’re starting to sound like the avowed us-against-them socialist, Bernie Sanders.
The biggest problem isn’t whether or not the rich pay more.
The problem is that once other people’s money gets into the hands of corrupt politicians, there’s no longer any accountability. And I am referring to those same corrupt politicians - in both parties — you claim to be running against!
The reason our system has become so corrupt is that we entrust trillions of dollars of other people’s money to unaccountable politicians and bureaucrats who answer to no one.
That’s always a recipe for corruption, whether the system is run by Donald Trump or anyone else. We already have millionaire Democrats preaching to us about what to do with our money.
Now we’re to have a wealthy Republican do the same?
So what’s the point of having two parties?
"The middle class has to be protected," you told ABC. "The rich is probably going to end up paying more."
Exactly how do you protect the middle class by robbing from the rich? Let’s look at what the rich do with their money: They either invest it, or they spend it. If they invest it, they do so far more carefully than any government agency ever could. If they spend it, they put money into the economy, which helps create jobs.
You claim to care about job creation, don’t you, Mr. Trump?
Raising taxes is not a good direction for the Republican Party.
The Republican Party has to return to its roots by moving toward free markets, not away from them. You don’t “protect” or help the middle class (or the poor) by attacking the rich.
Class warfare is wrong because it punishes success and ability. It’s also impractical.
The ultimate example of class warfare is what was attempted in Soviet Russia, its satellite states, and the last eight years of Obama. The first two eventually moved decisively away from that approach. Three notable exceptions are Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela; states based on class warfare that remain impoverished to this day.
What are you thinking, Mr. Trump, by promising to move us even closer to the socialistic redistribution of wealth that Obama, Hillary Clinton and even the “establishment” Republican candidates would most certainly continue?
You are no different from them if you don’t respect the right of individuals — and the products of their efforts — to be left alone. The rest of America should not be made to atone for your feeling that you have enough money to afford more taxes, so “the rich” should have to pay more as well.
This helps nobody, other than the Obamacrats, the Hillarycrats and the career Republicrats against whom you are supposedly running.
If you truly wish to make America great again, Mr. Trump, you must do so by making America economically free. If this makes no sense to you, then we might as well elect Hillary Clinton as our president.
Michael J. Hurd, Ph.D., LCSW is a psychotherapist and author with a private practice in coastal Delaware. He is the author of “Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (and How to Tell the Difference).” For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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