David Watson knows a thing or two about taxes. You don’t get to be a millionaire without learning the ins and outs of the tax system.Tuesday morning on the steps of the federal building in Sacramento, Calif., Watson—a member of the Patriotic Millionaires—told a Tax Day demonstration of union members, community, faith and other activists a couple of the lessons he’s learned.
“The tax system is designed to give me breaks that I didn’t ask for and I don’t need. Our taxes [millionaires’] are historically low. We’re supposed to have a progressive tax rate in this country. We don’t.”
The Sacramento action—click here to read the Twitter feed from the California Labor Federation—was just one of hundreds of “Tax Wealth Not Work,” Tax Day actions around the nation today.
Outside an Iowa Workforce Development office in Ames—one of several that Gov. Terry Branstad (R) closed last year—workers slammed Rep. Steve King (R) for his support of the Republican/Romney/Ryan budget that gives millionaires and huge corporations more tax breaks than they already get. AFSCME member Daniel Noonan says:
Regular, middle-class Iowans are getting shafted. Instead of focusing on the economy and helping unemployed Iowans, too many of our elected leaders like Representative King are taking care of their big donors… It’s outrageous and unacceptable. Iowans deserve better.
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