Americans wonder how it’s possible for many of the ultra-wealthy to pay less in taxes than the middle class. It’s because they have access to lawyers, accountants, and tax shelters the rest of us don’t. It’s Robin Hood in reverse. We need to close the loopholes and use the windfall to reduce taxes on working families and small businesses.

The richest 1% in the United States now own more wealth than the bottom 90%. There’s no reason the top 1% should be getting wealthy off the backs of working Americans. Millionaires and multinationals should support their country–just like the rest of us.

It’s time we stopped systematically shifting the tax burden to the middle class, while running up record deficits. This is literally robbing average citizens to pay for the lifestyles of the ultra rich.

Let’s change our tax system so that it benefits all Americans and reflects every individual’s contribution to our economy.

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