Jamelle Bouie questions my choice of words. Why are so many on the left incapable of acknowledging that many people who are rich - but, of course by no means all of them - earned it the hard way? Until more liberals internalize this, they will fail to persuade America of the occasional need for government because people will rightly suspect that what they are really about is penalizing or diminishing hard work. By the way, I favor an inheritance tax. But I also favor allowing those who work hard to keep as much of their own money as possible.

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