Insist the Super-Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share

estate tax

Target: John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Goal: Call on lawmakers to abandon a bill that would alter tax code to further benefit the wealthy at the expense of everyone else

When working class people pass away, the modest estates they may leave their families are not typically taxed. An estate must be worth several million dollars before that happens. The super-wealthy do see a portion of their estates taxed, which is only fair considering that laws already favor investment income, etc. over that earned from old-fashioned hard work. Tax evasion is a favored tool of the elite. They benefit from subsidies and loopholes, and then pass the cost of supporting America’s infrastructure and institutions on to the working poor. Republican lawmakers are trying to eliminate the estate tax altogether with House of Representatives bill (H.R.) 1105.

Many of the United States’ richest individuals never earned their wealth at all. They inherited it. Getting rid of the estate tax would add an estimated $270 billion to the nation’s deficit over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. As two directors with the Institute for Policy Studies explained in a joint letter, “The estate tax is an essential tool for leveling the playing field and preventing the rise of wealth dynasties.” The letter went on to add that, “In our tax code since 1916, the federal estate tax was designed to stem the rise of concentrated wealth and the economic as well as political power that comes with it.”

The undue influence of the wealthy is already destroying politics, dismantling hard-won environmental, consumer and labor protections. This irresponsible legislation would only add to the problem. Demand that Speaker John Boehner deny H.R. 1105 a vote on the House floor.


Dear Speaker Boehner,

Eliminating the estate tax would add billions to the deficit, and further polarize the United States into a nation of haves and have-nots.  If the Republican Party wants to be known for fiscal irresponsibility, pandering to the wealthy while exploiting the poor, then by all means move H.R. 1105 forward in the House.

You and your colleagues have already lost the respect of much of the world due to your efforts to destroy the working class. It has cost the Republican Party legitimacy in the eyes of voters. Pursuing legislation like H.R. 1105 only supports the image of greedy, out-of-touch politicians in the minds of Americans.

Speaker Boehner, do not move H.R. 1105 forward for a vote. End this obsession with concentrating wealth and power in fewer and fewer hands, and serve the diverse people of your nation as you have sworn to do.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: M. P. via Bibliothèque nationale de France

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One Comment

  1. Michael Guest says:

    No more of this nonsense. It’s time for the wealthy to pay their fair share now.

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