Michael Medved

A recent poll shows that most Americans want to give lottery winners big tax breaks while punishing those who earn their living through honest effort. According to a YouGov survey, a majority wanted lottery winners collecting millions to pay less than 10% to the government, at the same time they demanded tax hikes above 35% for any family earning $250,000 or more.

 

In other words, if you got your money through pure chance like the Mega Millions winners, the public wants you to pay a lower rate than, say, a modestly successful doctor who benefits society.  The only possible explanation for this illogical attitude is that the public looks at lottery winners as ordinary people like themselves who caught a break, while they resent well-paid professionals for even constructive achievements that seem foreign and unattainable. 


Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
 
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