There is evidence that taxing the rich is good for the economy ■ By Lawrence Wittner / Contributed Whatever happened to the notion that rich people should pay their fair share of the cost for their country’s public programs? Progressive income taxes designed to fund government services and facilities go back centuries, and are based on the idea that taxes should be levied most heavily on people with the ability to pay them. In the United States, the federal government introduced its first income tax in 1861, to cover the costs of the Civil War. Although new federal income tax legislation in the 1890s was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme
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