Forget Teddy Roosevelt! If the Rich Pay, Everybody Pays

Richard Eskow

There’s a new undercurrent in Washington debate, an unstated drive to undo the bipartisan consensus that’s governed American policy for a century. New pieces by Fareed Zakaria and Clive Crook merely reflect the new unspoken theme that’s revealing itself in debates on taxation, Social Security, and a dozen other areas: If the wealthy must sacrifice anything, then the middle-class and poor must sacrifice at least as much. The old belief that greater fortune brings greater responsibility is under attack. The idea that “to those whom must has been given, much is expected” is being overthrown.

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