The Patriotic Millionaires believe that our citizens deserve to have a tax code that does what it’s supposed to do – pays for what we need and shares those costs fairly. Like most decent Americans, we want a tax code that will build the middle class, create good jobs, grow the economy, reward productive citizens and companies, and invest in our future.
But not every millionaire wants that kind of tax code.
The Other Millionaires want to live in a country with a tiny number of rich people, millions of poor people and no middle class. Unlike *those* millionaires, we don’t want to expense our private jets, pretend to be an Irish company to avoid taxes, or hide our money in a Swiss bank account. And we sure as hell don’t want to pay lower tax rates than the people who work for us.
And it’s not because we are nice or good or altruistic, by the way. We are just as greedy as the Other Millionaires, we’re just greedy for a different kind of country than they are.
We want to live in a country where hard work is rewarded. Where good businesses thrive. Where people feel safe in their neighborhoods. Where parents can see a clear path to a bright future for their kids.
We want to live in a country that has a basic sense of fairness, and where millionaires don’t get special treatment just because they’re rich. The Other Millionaires? They want special treatment. They think they deserve special treatment. They puff up their chests, call themselves “Job Creators” and insist the economy will collapse if (god forbid!) they are asked to pay a single penny more in taxes.
Millionaires put their pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else. Consumer demand is the only real “job creator.” And nothing is going to collapse if millionaires pay their fair share (except for possibly an over-inflated ego or two).
When millionaires get a tax cut, the middle class pays. Tax the Rich. Save America. Yes, it really is that simple.