"Shared Sacrifice" "Tax the Rich"
These sound like common sense slogans, right? Who could argue against Americans all being "in this together" and everyone needing to contribute their "fair share"?
Michelle Fields, reporting from the Daily Caller shows just how empty this rhetoric is, when she confronts "one percenters" lobbying Congress for higher taxes.
These rich gentlemen, one of them who claims to be very philanthropic as an individual, each refused to make a contribution to the Treasury Department's Pay.gov as a "Gift to Pay Down the Public Debt."
None of these folks lobbying for higher taxes were willing to voluntarily contribute on their own, instead they'd rather use government force to steal an "equal amount" from everyone.
There is a term for this, Bastiat called it legal plunder.
But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils because it invites reprisals.
Americans must resist the urge to use the law against their fellow Americans.
Men naturally rebel against the injustice of which they are victims. Thus, when plunder is organized by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter — by peaceful or revolutionary means — into the making of laws. According to their degree of enlightenment, these plundered classes may propose one of two entirely different purposes when they attempt to attain political power: Either they may wish to stop lawful plunder, or they may wish to share in it.
Woe to the nation when this latter purpose prevails among the mass victims of lawful plunder when they, in turn, seize the power to make laws! Instead of rooting out the injustices found in society, they make these injustices general. As soon as the plundered classes gain political power, they establish a system of reprisals against other classes. They do not abolish legal plunder. Instead, they emulate their evil predecessors by participating in this legal plunder, even though it is against their own interests.