From Gallup Politics
April 17, 2013
Majority in U.S. Want Wealth More Evenly Distributed
And 52% support heavy taxes on the rich to redistribute wealth
by Frank Newport
The majority of Americans believe that money and wealth in the U.S. should be more evenly distributed, and a slight majority support the idea of the government helping to achieve that goal by “heavy” taxes on the rich. The idea that the distribution of money and wealth is unfair has been evident in survey responses since 1984, with only minor fluctuations from measure to measure. But, Americans have over the past 15 years typically been more evenly divided on the idea that the government should intervene with heavy taxes — although they now appear to lean more in the redistributionist direction than they did back in 1939.
Inequality is and will continue to be one of the most important domestic political issues. President Barack Obama has consistently pushed for measures that he believes would provide those at the bottom end of the socioeconomic spectrum a fairer chance to succeed, and has coupled that with consistent arguments for higher taxes on those with high incomes and wealth. At this point, the American public would generally agree with Obama that wealth should ideally be more evenly distributed — and a modest majority, consisting mainly of Democrats and independents, appears to support the idea of bringing about that redistribution through heavier taxes on the rich.
If you agree with the above please tell us why.
Work hard, become successful even wealthy so you can be heavily taxed to allow the government to somehow redistribute the fruits of your labor to others … exactly how does that work? What has the government been doing with our taxes for the last hundred years?
Money should be more evenly distributed? Let me get this right, somewhere out there money is being printed, but whomever distributes it to Americans is not doing it correctly. That SOB is giving money to too few people no doubt influenced by the wealth lobby!
Success is not taking from others, it’s earning your success and there are untold programs currently available to those who need help doing so. What can’t be redistributed is drive, ambition, initiative, creativity and plain old hard work.