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At risk of cutting the baby in half: We need inequality because that's what creates incentive. But too much inequality is bad for society and bad for the economy. And bad for our political system. We currently have too much inequality. The Bush tax cuts made that worse. I make less than 100k and my taxes are too low. I give to charity but not enough, because I am basically pretty selfish. So are you (not talking to anyone in particular here). Charity is great, and more efficient than government, but it can never take the place of government. Socialism is a straw man. There are hardly any actual Socialists in this country.

Well, that's quite a ramble! 

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