Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes
William H. Gates, Chuck CollinsISBN: 080704718X;
A world leader in philanthropy (and father of the planet"s wealthiest man) and an expert on U.S. economic inequality (and heir of Oscar Mayer) on the "billionaire backlash" The "Man Bites Dog" story of over 1,000 highnet- worth individuals who rose up to protest the repeal of the estate tax made headlines everywhere last year. Central to the organization of what Newsweek tagged the "billionaire backlash" were two visionaries: Bill Gates, Sr., cochair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest foundation on earth, and Chuck Collins, cofounder of United for a Fair Economy and Responsible Wealth, and the great-grandson of meat packer Oscar Mayer who gave away his substantial inheritance at the age of twenty-six. Gates and Collins argue that individual wealth is a product not only of hard work and smart choices but of the society that provides the fertile soil for success. They don"t subscribe to the "Great Man" theory of wealth creation but contend that...
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