Stoking Class Resentment On Taxes Is Passé

In 1972 Michael Harrington, a self-proclaimed socialist, was campaigning for George McGovern in New York.  He felt it would be an easy sell to peddle McGovern’s 100% tax on every dollar over $500,000 of inheritance to the low wage garment workers there.

When these underpaid women were approached they were outraged;

“That the government would confiscate the money they would hand down to their children if they made a million dollars. No matter how hard he tried to tell these garment workers how unlikely they were to see a million dollars in their lifetimes, they could not get past the idea that the government would take it away from them if they did.”