By Marsha Sampson Johnson, Special to CNN
Atlanta (CNN) — On Monday, I signed an online petition standing with President Obama, Warren Buffett and others to urge Congress to pass the Buffett Rule. It was a small gesture to stand for what is fair.
The Buffett Rule, simply stated, requires the wealthiest Americans to pay taxes at rates not less than rates paid by middle-income Americans. Current loopholes that allow millionaires and billionaires to have unfairly low tax rates would be closed. It’s only fair.
So much has happened this year to focus our attention on what is fair: Obama’s State of the Union address, the Trayvon Martin case, the rhetoric around the Supreme Court’s review of the Affordable Care Act and Paul Ryan’s proposed budget, with its cuts to services to middle- and low-income Americans.
What has happened to the concept of fairness? I’ll tell you: It’s been retooled.
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