The rich are not entitled to be selfish

Liane Ellison Norman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (republished in Capitol Hill Blue):

Democrats must restore and articulate the idea that there is a common good, and that it entails a commonwealth. That is to say, we all benefit when those who have prospered acknowledge that in addition to their hard work, they have benefited from public investments as well as from their origins and luck. The rich are not entitled, therefore, not to contribute to the common good. This understanding involves repeal of the Bush administration’s tax breaks for the richest Americans and a willingness by legislators to forswear pork.

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