1/11 16% was the tax rate for ultra wealthy, revealed by tax documents. propublica.org/article/the-se…
2/11 When you see people opposing fair rates of taxation for them and officials objecting despite the fact it would help their constituents, prod a little more around that, instead of repeating what we are told. You have nothing to lose by exploring the idea.
3/11 Fairly taxing those who accumulated extreme wealth through poor treatment and underpayment of employees is not socialism. If you're arguing that, I would explore how you came to use a "thought-stopping" technique, which is not a natural response to real conversation.
4/11 A natural human response would be to inquire more. When we don't and that thought-stopping catch phrase both misuses a term and goes against the interest of the person saying it, exploring if it's a learned response seems reasonable.
5/11 Ask why your representatives are in private calls planning to deprive you of free will through clever influence efforts. newyorker.com/news/news-desk…
6/11 Consider whether our societal decline has something to do with the pseudoscientific theory of trickle-down economics, which today is little more than plausible deniability. That's when America's decline began, while other nations continued improving. Image
8/11 If you're looking around America and pointing at others struggling but not worried about abject wealth extraction, you have to wonder how a person got there. You don't get there with reason. Image
9/11 Does it make sense that we took on a net economic decline in exchange for trillions more in debt in 2017? That's what Penn Wharton projects. Image
10/11 If you believe it's going to help you and me, you did not get that idea from reason. budgetmodel.wharton.upenn.edu/issues/2018/4/…

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