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Disney heiress says wealthy Americans must do more.
Although Republicans are often trying to tag any and all Democrats as socialists, a member of one of the nation’s oldest and wealthiest entertainment families believes that the wealthy should be taxed more in order to create a fairer and more just society.
“We are creating a two-tiered society which we should fear,” Abigail Disney said during a recent segment of CNBC.
When it’s suggested to Disney that wealthy Americans would leave the nation to avoid higher taxes, she shot back that then they should leave.
“You know, my feeling about this is the ones who leave because of tax rates going up here are welcome to leave. Frankly, we don’t want them here. Because what they don’t want to participate in is a society that is structured around fairness,” she said. “We do not have a society structured around fairness right now and the proof is in the pudding.
“Look at the lives of working class people in America. I talk to workers at Disneyland who can’t afford their insulin because they’re working at minimum wage,” she added. “This is unacceptable and I can’t sit back and accumulate wealth …”
Democrats have come under increasing political fire from Republicans as Democrats propose such sweeping programs as Medicare-for-all and a “Green New Deal” to address the kinds of issues Disney referred to.