Your words are music to my ears.
If only Americans didn’t have such an ingrained paranoia about ‘socialism’ – and anything they perceive stems from it (i.e. universal healthcare, tax-payer subsidised higher education, regulatory oversight of corporate tax avoidance etc), your plan might just work.
Perhaps the key is to demonstrate that investing in things like those listed above, and those you discussed in your article, is not socialism, but rather humanism. Funding them is not ‘a handout from my pocket to someone less deserving’, but rather an investment in the overall wellbeing of society so that fewer get left behind and the 1% are not quite so unrestrained by the laws of decency that govern the rest of us.
Just a thought…