Dear Fellow Citizens,
Economic inequality is higher in the US than in virtually any other advanced country. The majority of Americans believe our economy is rigged against them (guess what? they’re right). Our citizens suffer underfunded schools, inadequate health care, and a crumbling infrastructure. For the first time in modern history, life expectancy is going down for segments of our population. Last year, “deaths of despair” – deaths relates to suicide, drugs, and alcohol – reached an all time high, and over 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids. These are early warning signs, the canaries in the coal mine of a society that needs serious change.
Not all of our problems can be solved with money, but many of them can. It’s time to tax the rich.
While millions of Americans struggle to afford their basic needs, a tiny number of millionaires and billionaires are hoarding their wealth and manipulating our political system for their own benefit. They want to live in a country with a tiny number of rich people, millions of poor people, and no middle class.
We don’t want to live in that kind of country. We want to live in a stable, prosperous country infused with a basic sense of justice and fairness. We want to live in a country with lots of rich people and a huge middle class.
Our current level of economic inequality is bad for society and bad for business. Our nation’s social and economic progress requires significant and constant public investment, and the wealthy – who benefit the most from our country’s assets and institutions – should gladly pay the greatest share of whatever taxes are needed to support that investment.
We are hosting this conference (and several others around the country!) to highlight why we must tax the rich, and how to do that most effectively. In doing so, we hope to help catalyze a national movement to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans and begin the process of healing our nation.
Tax the Rich. Save America. Yes, it really is that simple.