True Patriotism
May 31, 2012, 5:00am

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog 5-30-12

True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burdens of keeping America going.

Those who earn tens of millions of dollars a year but pay less than 14 percent of their incomes in taxes, and argue the rich should pay even less, are not true patriots.

Those who defend indefensible tax loopholes, such as the “carried interest” loophole that allows private-equity managers to treat their incomes as capital gains even if they risk no income of their own, are not true patriots.

Those who avoid taxes by putting huge amounts of their earnings into IRAs via foreign tax shelters are not true patriots.

Those who want to cut programs that benefit the poor – Food Stamps, child nutrition, Pell grants, Medicaid – so that they can get a tax cut for themselves and their affluent friends – are not true patriots.