When did fair become a bad word? Businesses understands it on one level. My boss get’s charged more for his four thousand square foot house’s alarm system with live monitoring and tempature sensors than I do for my simple ADT system. He pays more because he gets more.
I’d argue that the more money you make, the greater your obligation to pay for those services you are enjoying. I know that will make the right wing crazy, saying that the rich don’t use the services and so on that the poor do, but they do benefit from the security, law enforcement, transportation systems, and they have signifanctly more wealth to be protected if anything bad were to happen.
Is it really fair for a wealthy individual to pay 15% long term capital gains on several hundred thousand or even millions of dollars when working people pay double that on ordinary income?