Not all of Trump's ideas are bad


To the editor:

This might surprise you, but in 1999, Donald Trump proposed the passage of a national wealth tax of 14.25 percent on all individuals with a net worth and net wealth of $10 million or higher. You can look it up online.

Wealth differs from income.

He wanted the money generated from it to pay off the entire national debt, with the remainder being placed into the Social Security Trust Fund to make it more solvent for additional years.

That is not something that conservative Republicans believe in.

USA Today opinion editor Darrell West loves the idea. So do I. So should all liberal/progressive Democrats, as well as many moderates, centrists and independents.


Take from the super-rich, and give to help everyone else. It is like Robin Hood. It is part of my own platform and agenda.

So why are Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer the only national Democrats who support any version of it? It is the only way to raise enough money to help people.

Why is a political nobody like me seemingly the only person pointing this out to the American people? Why are so-called “compassionate,” “caring,” “loving” and justice-seeking liberal/progressive Democrats so silent and mute about this possibility?

Is it because it was Trump’s idea?

Stewart Epstein

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