Let's think about this though, which police systems get better funding? Which school systems get better funding? Where do they have better roads, and better maintained towns? Who gets the best of public programs?
The really really rich.
We are a society, we are not islands near each other.
I have benefited from coming from a family of wealth quite a bit. I went to public schools and they were all fantastic. I'm not gonna have any student loans when I graduate, and I don't starve. And chances are I will be fairly wealthy in my later years, and if my kids have it as good as I did, then I am 100% indifferent if I have to pay higher taxes.
we're in this together.
And the rich can afford to pay more in taxes than the poor without noticably effecting their quality of life, cause someone's quality of life living of 5 million a year isn't that different than someone living on 3 million a year, at least not to people outside of the old money society.
And I agree, in an ideal society higher taxes wouldn't be neccisary. In an ideal society people would actually give a damn about how their fellow man lives, and in an ideal world the rich would have their priorities in order and realize that money spent on job training for the homeless is better spent than money spent on saving some obscure animal that no one gives a damn about.
But we don't live in an ideal society. Some rich people don't acknowledge how much they benefit from coming from wealth and honestly think most poor people are poor cause they're lazy, and think that being lazy is worthy of sentancing someone to a life of starvation, unless, of course, if that lazy person grew up in a family with money.
I'm not calling for socialism or financial equality. If someone is not allowed the reward of making the life of his kids better than his own, then the motivation to work hard is erased. What I am advocating is the government stepping in until the rich realize the err of their calous ways.