Bernie Sanders tax plan makes me sad
My opinion may be unpopular but I'll give it a go. I've seen a picture floating around where it shows the old tax rates in one column and Bernie's proposed tax rates in another column. I've also seen several "Condescending Wonka" pictures and all of these posts basically saying something along the lines of "Oh, you don't like Bernie's tax plan? Go cry more about your 250k salary. Some people are less fortunate and would love your life."
Do you want to know why people with a 250k+ salary care? Yes, 250k is a lot of money; but for a lot of people, it didn't come easy. While other kids played Halo or CoD after school, I was at home doing practice standardized testing books and supplemental school work. While other people picked an "easy" major in college and partied it up with their friends/fraternities/etc, I was doing test prep and studying. While other people were enjoying their youth and experiencing new things, I was in graduate school learning minutiae just to appease a random lecturer's ego. I've consciously made the choice to suffer early to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor later, but people who chose the opposite seem to disagree and feel like it's selfish of me. I've had to put aside friends, relationships, fun, family life, starting a family of my own, etc just so I can earn "250k". And now people complaining about it and how it's not fair I can make that and how I need to be taxed more just makes me sad.
Yes, some people who make ridiculous salaries have it because of "Daddy's connections." There are plenty more who made it through hard work and people clamoring for free stuff under Bernie undermines the entire concept of it IMO. Sure, it's easy to want free healthcare or cheaper college tuition because you're unable to pay the premium for a hospital visit or the interest on your loans. To the people who are truly underprivileged: i'm sorry to hear that; I truly am. To the person who decided to goof off with his/her friends in high school and pick an easy major in college to "live free while we're young": tough luck; you made a choice to have it easy early and you've had your fun. Don't try to make those who chose a harder path feel guilty for you. Just my 2 cents.