Only if those dividends are worth millions iddee :-D. You really don't realise that you're being gamed, do you? Do you think for a minute that the Romney's of America would ever 'settle' for a measly 3% return?
There are lots of assumptions in your statement, starting with whether 'any' tax was ever paid by many at all income levels, particularly the well off. Did you know (they don't teach it in our schools) the original intent of our 'income tax' was to tax exactly the type of income Romney lives on, not wages 'earned' through labor, but capital income, money made from money (yours, mine and everyone elses). Funny how things change (stay the same), heh?
To not recognise that the well-off have 'all' the advantages economically (its their game, their rules) and to applaud their greed (maybe wishing for some of that wealth too), which has successfully created our 'incredibly shrinking America' is like forgetting to breath IMO, just mine now ;).
As a result of so many 5 watt bulbs sitting, or wanting to sit in 100 watt sockets as our leaders :-D, America's unifying ethic of "we're all in this together" has been usurped and supplanted by a dispirited, plutocratic, selfishness, while scorning 'any and all'' public interest as idealogically impure and ruiness to business.
We as a nation are slowly being pushed toward the 'money rules all' jungle, where 'everyone is on their own' and matters of justice, general welfare, equality, tranquility and prosperity are just for those who can get their own.
Some are currently calling this American exceptionalism :roll:. My version looks slightly (actually a lot) different.
This past November, Stanford University issued a "map of prosperity' based on family incomes confirming a middle class decline of nearly 20% since 1970. The significance of this map isn't just the increased poverty (up by over 13 million over past decade), but the clear and ever widening separation between the rich and the rest of us, effectively producing the two tiered society 'we the people' used to only think of as existing south of the border or the other side of the world.
How/why has that become accepted by so many? Indoctrination certainly helps. Laziness in a 'free' society is no excuse for ignorance.
There are many working toward turning 'their' (our elected and their masters) failures into inspiration for future generations. Not everyone has bought into the ME FIRST mantra.
First step is to make sure that those who 'profited' the most off the alleged economic crisis (their game, their rules), they helped create also insure (one way or the other) that 'their incurred' debt doesn't get passed on to anyones grandkids but their own.
Despite my aversion to 'cherry-picking' the words of Americas founders I'll leave you with this one which is completely 'in context' to the discussion it was derived from.
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." -Thomas Jefferson 1816
If troubled times teach us anything, for many (although rarely enough), its just incentive to get up off our butts and get busy 'making change happen' instead of just gripping and/or repeating what 'feels right' today.
Until next time :pop: