Last night, I finished the tax return for a physician client who rolled in $800,000 in 2010.
Once again, if you are of a mind to believe that the rich don't pay enough, give me your take on how much this corporatist, asshole should pay.
I finished that return on the heels of a single mom who received a $2,200 refund on total income of $4,200.
It bothered me because if you were to listen to a liberal, you'd think the rich doctor would be a scourge on society and the latter is a victim of a rich guy who doesn't pay enough in taxes.
Yet, here's the backgrounds of both.
One of the two came from an established, wealthy family went to Northwestern for an undergraduate degree in English, the other came from an upper middle class home and attended Ohio State and received a degree in engineering.
One pursued a career as a professional student and server while the other went to UC med school for the next three-four years. Oh, and the latter racked up $360,000 in student loans for the hope of being an MD one day.
One went hopping from job to job and got pregnant out of wedlock. The other spent three years after med school to work a 80-100 hour work weeks as a resident for a whopping $40,000 a year.
As far as I'm concerned, the doctor wasn't the product of some ultra rich sweat shop owner. He just did the things that it takes to be successful in life. And guess what? He is.
Where as the woman from privilege had lots of advantages, chose not to use them, and now she's a welfare recipient. But to hear a liberal talk, you'd think the doctor spends his whole day conjuring up ways to screw some poor folks so he can buy a yacht (which he wouldn't have time to enjoy anyway).
It's hard to feel sorry for a guy making nearly a mil a year, and I don't. But instead of persecuting him for simply doing the things that make you successful, I just want to thank him.
So thank you Dr. Doe for not knocking up some skank and leaving her for society to take care of.
Thank you for not showing up in court every week on some drug possession or B&E charge.
Thank you for driving a car with insurance.
Thank you for not faking a disability claim the rest of us can fund the rest of your life.
In general, thank you for being a contributor to society and not a consumer.
And it seems to me that, given the times, we all ought to be applauding this guy.
Oh, by the way, how much should this guy pay so that it's fair for the skank?