We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have a better idea. The median household income in the US is around $50,000- 55,000 per year. I suggest, to eliminate inequality, that in the US we tax any income over $50,000 at 100%, and mail government checks to those households under $50,000 to bring them to the mean. Much in savings will come from eliminating all welfare, housing, and government medical programs.
To further level the playing field, all savings and assets should be taken by the government for the greater good. Funds from these can be used for free diapers, condoms, medical marijuana, urgently-needed collegiate safe spaces, and PhDs in anything you want. Cuba figured it out way before I did. Did I mention free TV, cigars, and rum?
As the High Administrator of this evidence-based scientific New New New Deal, with all of the responsibilities, worries, and burdens involved, I will obviously need to expect special compensation. Fidel has how many billions in Swiss banks? Something like that would meet my needs just fine. Even a little less. Special accommodations will be necessary for sub-administrators of course.
This experimental program should begin with government employees and politicians, and proceed to journalists, academics, artists and writers, professional athletes, and to all of Hollywood before moving to the general population. It takes a village to build Utopia so many must sacrifice and continue to work as hard as they used to. For the common good.
"The second explanation is “assortative mating,” according to which highly accomplished professional men no longer marry their secretaries but instead marry highly accomplished professional women." Therefore, to contribute to income equality the government should begin mandating match-ups between the highly successful and the least educated and accomplished of either gender, thus neutralizing the 1% effect? Breeding rules? Social engineering at its most ridiculous outlier reflecting absolute ignorance of human character yet revealing the agenda of said "engineers".
Be sure to block all international flights, and barricade the borders to prevent capital flight. Oh, and confiscation of all pensions - since everything will be free.
I would suggest that those most loyal to the cause should be first to experience the utopia - to wit the order should be:
Politicians (anyone who hold or has held a public office)
Liberal Media Starting with MSNBC current and past commentators and hosts.
Liberal Print Media "journalists"
Members of the central bank - past & present.
Community & Student Organizers
Academics, Teachers & Administrators
Hollywood Actors, Directors, & writers
The rest of the Government Empolyees
Everyone left in California
The Rest of the Country
Since our noble goal is equality of outcome - all single family and multi-family dwellings larger than 2000 square feet will be demolished and replaced with efficiency apartments for couples. Remaining dwellings will be assigned with a 300 square foot limit per person. Think of the reduced carbon footprint by getting rid of all those homes larger homes. We can just let that property go to seed and use the vast increase in green space as a carbon sink.