At least some rich Americans get it

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It appears that our homegrown billionaires have decided to follow the lead of their wealthy French counterparts. They want to pay more taxes to help their country.

They will place a $10 billion tax increase on the November 2012 California ballot. They want to pay more taxes in order to aid the country which allowed them to reach their exalted financial position. Furthermore, two-thirds of Americans, as well as 53 percent of Republicans, also want taxes increased on the 1 percent.

Needless to say, the 99 percent agree. It is enlightening to see that our wealthy are willing to pay their fair share of taxes, whereas Republican politicians and the Blue Dog Democrats insist on ignoring the wishes of the people people while siding with their wealthy corporate people and banking benefactors.

We recently saw the failure of the Super Committee 12. It was fated to fail. How could it not when six of the 12 were zombies who had pledged to conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist not to increase taxes under any circumstances?

These are supposedly intelligent representatives of the American people, but the fact that they would pledge “under no circumstances” to any future action obliterates their ability to make judgments based on ever-changing circumstances.

So there they were, supposedly on a noble mission to help our county, their country, conquer its debt and fiscal nightmare, and all they could do is echo the mantra of today’s Republican Party: No.

Christopher Nicholas

Bayside

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