From the AP on Wednesday-
Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says that paying higher taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans.
Biden says he and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama want to "take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people."
Under the Democrats' economic plan, people earning more than $250,000 a year would pay more in taxes while those earning less — the vast majority of American taxpayers — would receive a tax cut.
Biden told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that, in his words, "it's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."
From an interview with the lefty blog MNBlue on December 2, 2007 with Ashwin Madia, Democrat candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd district-
You may think that patriotism and tax policy have nothing in common, but our conversation about tax policy led to patriotism. In an ideal situation, Ashwin would like to see the lowest possible taxes for everyone. However, (and that's a big however) he pointed out that we are waging two wars, we're in the middle of a health care crisis, we have to address global warming or else, we are facing the "largest deficit in the history of the universe" and this is absolutely the wrong time to cut taxes for the richest who need it the least.
"Why can't we ask the richest 2% to sacrifice for this war?" he asked rhetorically. The sacrifices are disproportionately on the shoulders of the troops and their families. "Everyone else is told to not worry, go shopping. Patriotism is not putting a yellow bumper sticker on your car. Patriotism is sacrificing for your country." What he calls Patriotism Lite just galls him. He wants to see American do great things like build the green economy and export it, solve the health care crisis, pay down the deficit and stand on our ideals not abandon them.
If winning our war on terrorism is so important, if solving our health care crisis is so important, if addressing global warming is critical to our survival on our planet, he believes that we must be patriotic and make sacrifices for the sake of our country. He believes that our tax policy should affect the richest 2% as it affects the rest of us, we should all pay our share.
You get that, you mean rich people out there? You're not paying your fair share in taxes! Even though the top 1% pays almost 40% of all income tax, you need to pay more.