#EstateTax at the #TrumpRally

*This post (abridged for relevance) also appears in the Patriotic Millionaires blog section.*

During my travels, PatrioticMillionaires assigned me to attend the Orlando Trump rally to discuss the estate tax with other attendees. I jumped on board, and tweeted about it.

PM do a lot of work with tax justice. Why focus on the estate tax?

“In a 2006 study, 49% of respondents thought that the estate tax affects “most families” (the correct answer is less than 2 in 1000), explaining why Republicans can continue to claim that estate taxes destroy small family farms despite failing to identify a single example. Indeed, a recent study found that giving people information about the actual incidence of estate taxes increased support from 17% to 53% of respondents.” — Patriotic Millionaires

So begins the journey…

This was a Merch Vendor.
I tried. No Rally matches. But I do know someone who uses her online dating this way.
We need to remind ourselves of commonalities with our “opposition.”

Finally making it inside:

Yeah, it was a little surreal. Pretty much what I anticipated.
I asked at the end. They already give it to someone.

Discussed property, work vs wealth, individualism vs collectivism, capitalism vs communism, etc.

4,700 families subject to estate tax in 2013. —HuffPo.

“The entrepreneur who dies owning his business never pays any income tax on the increase in the value of his business from zero when he starts to (in our example) twenty million dollars (because he never realizes the gain; the tax on the gain from owning a business or other investment which increases in value is paid only when it is sold).” — Patriotic Millionaires.

“The tax on inheritances is limited — fewer than 2 in 1,000 estates is large enough to be subject to it. It isn’t a death tax: It targets a transfer of wealth, income or property, just as most federal taxes do. Nor is it a double tax: The bulk of the wealth subject to estate taxes is in appreciated capital assets and has never been subject to any tax.

It’s telling that the candidates who campaign on a platform of repealing the estate tax grew up in wealthy families where just such appreciated assets have made the tax a personal issue. Yet they cast themselves as examples of individual deservedness and success, everyday people who worked hard, paid their taxes and want to pass their already-taxed wealth on to their children.” — LA Times.

His opener was “#EndTheFed!”
Commonalities. Shared experiences.
The radical notion that political dissidents are people.
Source: Vox.
Source: WSJ.
Exhibit A.

They continued to discuss politics with each other, because whom else do you talk about such things with except people you trust?

Slightly Related: “ The single biggest pipeline into White Nationalism is… the Men’s Rights community. “ — Angelo Carusone, Media Matters

All relatively positive! One person was not so into it…
Talked who is paying, how much, and how property can be tricky.

I hope you can see at least some merit behind the estate tax, and more generally the concept of taxing wealth more than taxing work. I think the more we study this, the more we realize how necessary it is.

“The evidence is that the majority of people’s outcomes are predictable at the time of birth and are not under individual control. If we understand how strong this inheritance is, we can be more sympathetic to the idea that the rewards for ending up higher or lower on the social spectrum should be made less. We don’t want a society where the winners are already determined at the point of conception.” — New Republic.

Beyond advocating for the estate tax, there are efforts to make it even more progressive:

ENACT A MORE PROGRESSIVE ESTATE TAX. The estate tax is a tax on the transfer of assets at death (inherited wealth). It applies only to very large accumulated fortunes — an individual may currently pass $5.12 million on without paying any taxes. White families are 11 times more likely than Black and Latino families to have enough wealth to owe any estate tax at all. We should change the estate tax so that taxes are paid on any inheritance over $1 million, with a tax rate that increases the larger the estate is. This would raise more than $500 billion over 10 years.” — Resource Generation.

Thank you, PatrioticMillionaires, for the assignment, and your trust in me.

Thank you, reader. And if tax justice gets you going, I will definitely need a film buddy next time…