Higher taxes on the rich.I hear the argument that higher taxes on the rich "Punish people for being successful." as a moral argument when discussing effective policies entirely too frequently.
Firstly, taxes that increase at higher brackets don't "punish" anyone. They reward you less. Getting money isn't punishment, even if it's less than you wanted.
On the other hand, taking someone off healthcare and letting them suffer and die is punishment. Frequently, it's punishment for being born differently. And I'm sorry, but we have to choose between the two. We either have to reward extremely successful people less, or let people be punished for being born. So can you please drop this ridiculous pseudo-moral argument from an economic discussion?