Because your idea of economic freedom is based around a utopian ideal, rather than reality. Your ideal is that giving people the ability to do whatever they want with their money, and reducing payments to the government in the form of taxes and whatnot is the best way to grant everyone economic freedom. When, in reality, it does the exact opposite, at least for society as a whole. Obviously, there's a tipping point for this where it becomes pointless to strive for anything, and that's why communism inevitably fails. However, forced redistribution of wealth grants a larger amount of economic freedom to most of the population. Ensuring that everyone has what they need to get by means that everyone has not only more social mobility (You know, the whole "American Dream" thing), but also that even those on the bottom can achieve at least some of what they want.
In America, wealth disparity is growing, year by year. People become more and more constrained by their finances, or rather, their lack thereof. The top 1% of the population controls nearly 35% of the wealth. Do you think they all earned their way there? How many of them do you think personally clawed their way from below the 1% up into it? Maybe a quarter, if we're being generous? Lack of social mobility equals lack of freedom.
I mean, do you feel like you have a lot of financial freedom right now, for instance?>>216336
What exactly do you think people do
when they have more disposable income? Squirrel it away under a mattress?
Plenty of countries with higher taxes and minimum wages than the US manage to have small businesses that function just fine.>>216346
> That is why prices have been going up.
There's also this little thing called inflation.
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