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"We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." — Louis Brandeis




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It's time we outlaw billionaires by placing a 100% tax on wealth over

Since 1980, the top 1% has sucked up 80% of all new wealth created.  In 2010, the wealthiest 1% grabbed 93% of all new income.

The richest 400 Americans -- all of whom are billionaires -- own more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. The richest six heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune own more wealth than the bottom 30% of Americans combined.  Billionaires have sucked so much wealth out of our economy that the rest of us are drowning.

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We work harder. Productivity is up. But the profits are taken by the billionaires, who buy politicians and legislate rules to the ever greater advantage of billionaires -- and to the disadvantage of clean air, food, water, security, healthcare, education, retirement, and energy.

A 94% top marginal income tax rate when this nation was prospering has been reduced to 35% today.  It's time we learned our lesson, reversed these trends, and banned billionaires.

Please forward this email to members of the 99%.

--Thom Hartmann for RootsAction.org

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Background:
Thom Hartmann: The No Billionaires Campaign
Rob Kall: De-billionairize the Planet
Sam Pizzigati: The Rich Don't Always Win

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