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It’s not something you often hear people say is it? “please let me pay more taxes” but Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix is asking for his taxes to be raised.

Here’s what Mr. Hasting says:

I’m the chief executive of a publicly traded company and, like my peers, I’m very highly paid. The difference between salaries like mine and those of average Americans creates a lot of tension, and I’d like to offer a suggestion. President Obama should celebrate our success, rather than trying to shame us or cap our pay. But he should also take half of our huge earnings in taxes, instead of the current one-third.
Then, the next time a chief executive earns an eye-popping amount of money, we can cheer that half of it is going to pay for our soldiers, schools and security. Higher taxes on huge pay days can finance opportunity for the next generation of Americans.

Mr. Hastings makes more than $100,000 per year in his job. Not as much as some but a lot more than most.

That do you think?

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