All societies redistribute wealth. If they didn't, all the money would end up in the hands of a few rich families and corporations.
that is technical true, but not in the way the redistribution is commonly understood. in this case we are using the common understanding which is: taking from those who have a giving to those who have less in the name of "fairness".
we are not talking about people earning money by working for those who have more.
The most successful societies are the ones that redistribute the most while still leaving the engine of free enterprise intact. Except for a couple of oil states where wealth is based on the temporary extraction of raw materials, the highest quality of life is in countries that have high taxes and reinvest the money in building the structure of the country.
that depends on how you evaluate success. they exist and for the most part are comfortable in that existence. we don't really look to those countries for great innovations, a place for the oppressed to be successful if they work hard, etc.
they are also very small populations and homogeneous. what they have decided to do works for them, but no greatness is expected of them.
look at countries that more closely resemble the US in population mix and are larger. england, france, germany. the are further along in their social welfare society. how's that working for them? not to well. when times get tough, the takers are not interested in "sharing the pain". they just want their stuff. pols keep shoveling the stuff so that they can stay in power and the countries get weaker and weaker. the "rich" are taxed more and more by local, county, and state. again....not greatness out of these countries...just survival, they hope.
At the time that America was building itself.... creating the infrastructure and educational system that made wealth possible.... I'm talking the 1950s-1970s .... the top marginal tax rate was between 50 and 85 percent.
totally different tax code at the time...but that's another subject...it was also the beginning of the wealthy scrambling to shelter wealth, massive expansion of government, and the beginning of our social welfare state. it was the time that states began to have less revenue because so much was going to the feds, and state welfare programs. most of your roads, and your schools, are the responsibility of the state, not the fed. if you state chooses to have ever expanding welfare programs and depend on the feds to make up the difference, then yes, your infrastructure is going to suffer.
Kennedy realized it was unsustainable: "In short, it is a paradoxical truth that ... the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now. The experience of a number of European countries and Japan have borne this out. This country's own experience with tax reduction in 1954 has borne this out. And the reason is that only full employment can balance the budget, and tax reduction can pave the way to that employment. The purpose of cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus."
– John F. Kennedy, Nov. 20, 1962, news conference "Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an increased – not a reduced – flow of revenues to the federal government."
– John F. Kennedy, Jan. 17, 1963, annual budget message to the Congress, fiscal year 1964
what happened? revenue increased. same with the tax cuts of the 20's and the Reagan tax cuts. the best thing he did was cut some of the loop-holes that let to non-payment of taxes. he also broadened the tax base. there is no reason to have 47% of the population paying no federal income taxes and in some cases getting back more than they would have paid.
redistribution of wealth by the government is theft. it is taking what one person has earned and giving it to another. we all agree that there are certain things that we need to fund by way of taxes. among them is not AC, Xboxes, pizza, and cell phones.