It’s not a matter of working harder. The 40-hour work week vs capital gains and the ability to leverage one’s wealth at multiples is not comparable. The ability to hide earnings and lower tax expenditures clearly favors the very wealthy.
We have created a system that burdens the middle classes and gives the corporations/top 1% benefits that do not help our economy. The earnings for shareholders trumps all humanity and the incentive to invest in jobs/infrastructure has been reduced to near zero.
Why spend any of your under-taxed profits when you can hide it off-shore?
I see Republicans are out lauding a wealthy white tax cheat as “a real patriot” while out the other side of their mouth labeling the working poor who pay a forth of their income in taxes as “takers” not deserving of a living wage or health coverage.