And they asked the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share.
Who will defend government during the Presidential debates? Too often the President has chosen to embrace the rhetoric of misguided austerity, hurting both our national discourse and his own political prospects. Let's hope he chooses a wiser path tonight.
Whatever our nation's past mistakes, this country was a beacon of economic opportunity under Presidents like Roosevelt and Eisenhower and Kennedy. People came from all parts of the world in search of a better life. Millions of them found it, including my ancestors. Maybe yours did, too. And those that became wealthy paid much higher taxes than rich people do today - usually with a spirit of gratitude for the opportunities they'd been given.
While you're watching the debate on television, remember the country we used to live in -- and come home to it.