In a bit of news that went relatively unnoticed amongst the bevy of small tire fires set by Donald Trump and stoked by the media, Hillary Clinton announced a radical and nasty change to tax policy: she wants to raise the estate tax.
The estate tax is disgusting. It’s the government ghoulishly waiting for you to die, then IRS agents crashing into your house and rifling your safe. You’ve already paid taxes on that money, of course – the government has already taken its chunk. Now it wants a second slice of the pie, in order to deprive your mourning children of their inheritance.
So naturally, Hillary wants to jack up that government theft. Right now, estates worth over $5.45 million are exempt from estate tax, but after that, they’re taxed at 40 percent. Hillary wants that tax increased to 45 percent, and drop the exemption to $3.5 million. Trump wants to get rid of the estate tax totally.
Trump is right; Hillary’s not just wrong, she’s morally wrong. And Hillary knows it, which is why she stuffs her $1.8 million Chappaqua, New York home into residence trusts to avoid the estate tax.
But Hillary insists that it’s fine to rob the dead – after all, they’re rich dead people! Critiquing Trump, she insisted, “If you believe that he’s as wealthy as he says, that alone would save the Trump family $4 billion. But it would do nothing for 99.8 percent of Americans.”
So the hell what? It’s Trump’s money. He’s already paid taxes on it. Your ability to keep your money helps you, but doesn’t help the other 99.999999 percent of the population. Does that mean we should simply take it from you?
But this is the logic of the left: all your money belongs to the collective, and when you die, the government stands in for your children. It takes a village to steal and distribute the money after frisking your corpse and looting your pockets.