Thomas Jefferson said: “There is…an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents…. The
artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provisions should be made to prevent its ascendancy.”
It is clear that under the current tax code, many wealthy children are forced into lives of useless servitude to their own whims,
egos and obsessions. Families like the Koch family, the Bush family, and Mitt Romney have passed wealth down from generation to generation, convincing them that they are possessed of virtues and talents simply because of their inherited wealth. The suffering caused by such delusions extends beyond immediate families and has infected our entire political system. Some of our founding fathers wanted a 100% inheritance tax. We may not have to take such drastic measures, but a more progressive tax system could help these suffering wealthy children to find true fulfillment and dignity through work and achievement based on their own virtues and talents. Won’t you sign the petition to help them?