Instant lefty icon Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was confronted with a relatively simple question. Ocasio Cortez is campaigning on a laundry list of new government programs and entitlements, including "Medicare for All," free college, and a "universal jobs guarantee." But how does she intend to pay for this calorie-exploding buffet of government largesse?
After muttering some words about "back of the envelope" calculations and touting a discussion with a Nobel Prize-winning economist, she exclaimed that if wealthy people and corporations would just pay their "fair share," her dreams could become realities. This is a standard Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) reply when asked how their many give away programs will be funded. The rich are supposed to pay their fair share is the standard reply as opposed to those receiving “based on their needs” contributing a fair effort for their own welfare.
When questioned what fair share is, the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) standard reply is that they do not have an exact number in mind, but they know that what the number is now is to low and the fair share to be paid is much higher.
When the progressive income tax amendment was ratified, the top rate in the progressive tax scheme was 7%. Apparently, that was fair at the time. However, in about five years the top rate had been raised to 77%. Fair share had gone from 7% to 77% in five years. Fair had been increased dramatically within 5 years under Wilson and his fellow Marxist/Progressives.
Marxist/Progressive Franklin Roosevelt in Executive Order 9250 said the confiscation of 100% of income over $25,000 was fair.
“In order to correct gross inequities and to provide for greater equality in contributing to the war effort, the Director is authorized to take the necessary action, and to issue the appropriate regulations, so that, insofar as practicable no salary shall be authorized under Title III, Section 4, to the extent that it exceeds $25,000 after the payment of taxes allocable to the sum in excess of $25,000. Provided, however, that such regulations shall make due allowance for the payment of life insurance premiums on policies heretofore issued, and required payments on fixed obligations heretofore incurred, and shall make provision to prevent undue hardship.”
The person upon which the Marxist/Progressive Party (Democrats) base their philosophy and policies, Karl Marx, said that what was fair was for the government to receive the entire GDP and then the government would determine what each was to receive based on the needs of the individual as defined by the government.
We constantly are told that the rich and the corporations are not paying their fair share. Fair share is defined many ways. What we know is that the modern Marxist/Progressive (Party) Democrats have instituted the primary criteria set forth by Karl Marx in his roadmap of transformation to his classless society; a steeply progressive income tax. They are constantly reminding us that fair is a higher and higher number. This would lead any rationale person to believe that the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) agree with Marx that the government should receive all income and then they will distribute based as they determine to be fair; FROM EACH ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITIES TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS NEEDS.