Bill and Melinda Gates knew the talks that are happening around the moral existence of billionaires in American society. In an interview at The Late Show Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert asked the second richest couple in the world, "There are many discussions today that maybe the billionaires should not exist, do you hear are some of these statements? "
" We have, "Melinda Gates replied.
Colbert summed up the argument by saying that "perhaps the presence of billionaires is a failure of capitalism, because the capital is getting too concentrated with too few people." He asked them, "What do you say to those who say billionaires should not exist?"
"Well, we can be biased," Bill Gates replied with a laugh before adding, "I think you can make the tax system the higher part from people with great wealth. " When Colbert mentioned the 70 percent tax rate on the bill proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Gates said, "Well, that's the usual income. The great fortune is not made with ordinary income, so you probably have to look at the rate of capital gains and the estate tax if you want, you know, create more justice there. "
" So I think that's a good debate, "she continued. "I think if you are going to go now to say that there is a total limit above, that there may be more negatives than positives, but you know, I may have a bad view of it."
Like Melinda Gates also shared her criticisms with other countries around the world with higher tax rates than the US, which indicates that it keeps the change. "In fact there were many times when you were in France and they say, 'We want to have a Bill Gates, we want to have such a vibrant tech sector, he says. . "But taxes have been made there in a way that it does not actually stimulate good growth, so we believe in a good tax system that should be rich in leasing more than low-income people are sure. "
When Ocasio-Cortez was asked by Ta-Nehisi Coates last month if it was" moral "for people to be billionaires, he referred directly to Gates in his answer. "I do not think that all the billionaires are immoral," he said. "It does not say that someone like Bill Gates, for example, or Warren Buffet, is immoral people. I do not believe it. I'm not saying that, but I think a system that allows billionaires exists when parts of Alabama where people develop a ringworm because they have no access to public health, are wrong. "
Later in his interview, Colbert asks why, when a billionaire is like Howard Schultz is tempting a run for president and a "fake billionaire" like Trump president, Gates never considered a political entrant.
"Well, we're working with politicians," says Bill Gates. "But none of us will ever choose to run for the office. You know, we are expert in what we dig and what we know. And, you know, we hope we get good politicians, but we're not run. "
In that thought, Colbert presented them with a pair of T-shirts" Gates 2020: It's Not a Option. "