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USA Today: Ocasio-Cortez is right: Rich must pay more to help close America's wealth and income gaps

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s comments about a 70 percent tax rate on the wealthy set off a controversy over who does and doesn’t understand how America’s tax system works. What has been lost in the dust-up is that the wealthy pay relatively little in taxes compared with their peers in other developed countries, and the congresswoman is correct that they will need to pay more if we are going to continue to provide the quality public services, infrastructure, health care and economic equity all Americans truly deserve.