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5 Reasons the Super-Rich Need Government More Than the Rest of Us

Wealthy individuals and corporations want us to believe they've made it on their own, without the help of government or the American people. That's the bull of Wall Street.

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Patriotic Millionaires recently addressed the President and Congress: "Given the dire state of our economy, it is absurd that one-quarter of all millionaires pay a lower tax rate than millions of working, middle-class American families...Please do the right thing for our country. Raise our taxes."

It's good to know somebody gets it right. Taxes, for the most part, are not unfair. They represent payment for society's many benefits, which get bigger and better as people get richer.

Paul Buchheit is on the faculty of DePaul University and the Chicago City Colleges. He is the founder of Global Initiative Chicago (, and the founder of He is the editor and main contributor to American Wars: Illusions and Realities (Clarity Press).

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