Webster defines patriotism as, "A love or devotion to one's country". Last evening, one of the speakers at a political convention stated, "Being asked to pay your fair share isn't class warfare. It's patriotism". There are many in our country who want to tax the rich even more than they are already being taxed. But who are the rich really? The "rich" is a group that includes anyone who makes more than you do. They also happen to be the people in this country who create the jobs. Think about it for a moment ---- how many people are employed by the "poor"?
I have a patient who owns a sawmill. He has between about 65 employees, lots of very expensive equipment, and lots of land that he harvests timber from and then sells to buy more timberland. No one works harder than him. Is he rich? I guess that on paper he is. But he lives just like anyone else, and is always stressed out about keeping his mill running optimally. And now we need to tax him more? Many of you reading this would shout "YES". But what is the result of taxing the so-called rich? He is going to have to lay off over 15 employees so that he can get under the magic number of "50" where buying Health Insurance for your employees is mandatory (something he has tried in the past, but was unable to afford).
Why do you think that so much business and industry is moving out of the United States --- particularly over the course of the past several years? For those who are not aware, our corporate tax rate is the second highest on the planet (just behind Japan's), and many want to see it go up even more. But does paying exorbitant taxes have anything to do with patriotism? I say not. We forget that our founding fathers willingly forfeited their fortunes, their families, and their homes, to fight a revolution against tyranny ---- tyranny in the form of taxes.
We all need to pay taxes in order to keep a strong military, as well as building and maintaining infrastructure. But the real truth is that we live in a time when well over half of our taxes (both federal and state) go to "social" programs. These are programs where wealth is transferred from one citizen's pocket to another's, via government. It is a financial system that is aptly named, Socialism.
Past leaders have realized that if you keep taxes low, businesses will create jobs and expand trade. What does this do? It creates wealth! Those politicians that feel that they know how to spend your money better than you do, would actually have more money to work with --- not less. Unfortunately, a shrinking number of people understand this concept. It is simply easier to continue sucking at the breast of big government than to go out and work for a living. And far too many politicians like it that way. As long as politicians (and those who vote for them) see increasing taxes on the so-called "rich" as their pathetically misinterpreted patriotism, things can only change for the worse.