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the place you are living in right now, was at one time taken from someone else.

That is true and has probably been going on since we came down from the trees. But this contradicts the idea that we are self-sufficient. The idea that higher taxes are somehow un-American is nonsense. The US was built on wealth redistribution from slaves and Native Americans and women and immigrants and, well, the list is long. This is not about guilt. I don't feel guilty for the crimes of my ancestors and I don't want to shame the descendants of those who committed crimes against my other ancestors. The world was what it was. But higher taxes and wealth redistribution are decidedly not un-American, they are a central part of our history. If you want to argue that higher taxes are counterproductive to building a healthy economy that benefits everyone equally, go ahead and make that case. But don't hide behind false ideas of self-sufficiency and rose-colored glasses that filter out past injustice.
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