By BARRY JED RICHARDSON JR.
I imagine being a little boy on a playground, short on cool toys because I come from a low-income household. I see a group of boys playing with dinosaurs in the sandbox.
I ask if I can join them. Why not? I was brought up to share, but the boys refuse to let me play.
They say their dinosaurs belong to them and that I should get my own, even though they have so many they’re not playing with them all.
Well, I can’t get my own dinosaurs because my parents are not rich. They can’t provide me with everything I want.
This scenario reminds me of the rich and poor. We live in a country where a hedge fund manager pays about as much in taxes as his secretary.
As a country, we’re still in debt and things are hardly improving from an economic standpoint. Why not ask those who have so much to give back just a little more?
This attitude of hoarding money and trembling at the thought of giving any of it back is like possessive little boys not willing to share their dinosaurs.
I also think of the seagulls from “Finding Nemo” when I think of those who oppose tax increases for the rich, saying, “Mine, mine, mine!”
To the right-wing extremists who claim to be patriotic and supportive of the troops but are against higher taxes on millionaire salaries, I say, “If you’re so supportive of this country, how about lending it some support?”
We all need to pitch in and help this country get back on its feet, every single one of us.
If asking the more affluent to pitch in a little more of their abundance seems tyrannical, I invite these affluent types to move to a country without basic principles of equality, liberty and justice for all.
Asking those with more than enough to give a little more just makes sense.
Yes, they may have to do without one more private island or a jumbo jet, but if they’re not willing to help, they should get out of this country and buy their own.
Richardson loves dinosaurs and believes that all children are entitled to their fair share of dinosaur toys.