A former minister of labour under US president Clinton, Robert Reich, makes clear that higher income taxes do not obstruct economic growth, spread income more correctly in society and it creates a road to a more evenly spread wealth.
Today it seems common knowledge that people who are best equipped to extract money from society are best equipped to invest in spending for the common good. Recent crises have shown the opposite.
• I think government is best equipped to redistribute wealth in society, unless government is run by opposite forces. Government now is run by the opposite forces and the socialists are the opposition. Should it not be made clear that beyond cheating behaviour of contemporary governments and departments the tax system has to be reformed in such a way that the redistribution of income has to be reversed to all people who potentially create it and not to those whose activity is extracting money from society?
• For this I like to refer to basic income proposal of the sector of social beneficiaries of the trade union FNV. It suggests to tax all sorts of income (wage, profit, interest, increase of value, heritage, transfers) with a progressive tax from 50% to 70%, with an exception for a liveable basic income.
Everybody is free to work for more.