Stossel: How the Working Rich Improve Our Lives

Democrats complain GOP tax plan mostly helps rich people who already "take" wealth from others. Do they, really?


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Bernie Sanders and others on the left want higher taxes on "millionaires and billionaires." Would that be a good idea? Most rich people became prosperous by creating wealth, not taking it from others.

Jim Caruso took over a bankrupt brewery and turned it around by inventing creative craft beers. He now employs more than 100 people. The company he runs, Flying Dog Brewery, is worth millions.

Caruso had a good answer when John Stossel asked him about the "unfairness" of some Americans having so much more money than others. The top fraction of earners does now own almost half of America's assets.

Caruso pointed out that Steve Jobs was worth $10 billion when he died. But since Apple sold more than 2 billion devices, Jobs collected just $5 per device. "I think Steve might have been underpaid here," he says.

Most on the left don't see it that way. "The feeling tends to be that somebody like Steve Jobs took something away from everybody else," Caruso says. "What did Steve Jobs take? He had this idea, wouldn't it be great to have a thousand songs in your pocket… one of the most massively important tools for productivity and communication in life."

Stossel says Jobs, and all entrepreneurs (if they don't partner with or freeload off government) create far more wealth than they take.

Produced by Maxim Lott. Edited by Joshua Swain.