Paygo, false consciousness and the IRS

The IRS logo, captioned ‘It’s too costly to audit the rich, so look out you working stiffs. Image: Mike Licht/notionscapital.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/48857033957/ CC BY: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

John Steinbeck diagnosed an important American pathology in 1966 when he called the US a nation of “temporarily embarrassed capitalists” — people who see themselves as the wealthy-in-waiting and therefore fight policies that reduce the power that comes from wealth.

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