An Excerpt From A Real Conversation
Other Person: “I’m really sick and tired of people getting rich because they get special favors from the government.”
Me: “Maybe it’s a good idea to raise income taxes, then, because if people are getting rich off of the government, it only makes sense that we take some of that back to help close the deficit.”
Other Person: “We can’t raise taxes! All that does is punish success!”
Yes, this is verbatim. Well, at least as verbatim as my recollection allows, but it’s a pretty fresh conversation.