The entire “death tax” terminology is an invention of the neoconservatives. It’s called the “estate tax”, and whether it affects lower-income families who would receive massive estates from rich uncles or not, it’s intended to attempt to prevent perpetuation of aristocracy.
Some rich fuckass avoiding taxes doesn’t just keep him or her from having to pay, it shuts down an art program for a public school. Or makes it harder for a few hundred lower-income kids to get Pell Grants. Or et cetera.
We can either have a society where nobody pays any taxes at all, and everyone has to fend for themselves for everything because the government has no revenue, or we can have a society where the rich people pay several million dollars out of hundreds of millions total earnings, but, y’know, single mothers and war widows don’t have to FUCKING FIGHT OVER DISCARDED PIZZA CRUSTS AND THEN CHEW THEM UP AND SPIT THE MUSH INTO THEIR TOOTHLESS CHILDREN’S HUNGRY, GAPING MOUTHS BECAUSE NOBODY CAN AFFORD DENTAL CARE ANYMORE, YOU GREEDY CUNTS.
In a country where there are corporate execs who make about 500 times the amount of the average employee because they can essentially write their own paychecks, there HAS to be some kind of balancing factor SOMEWHERE. And it’s not like they don’t just get out of having to pay a good deal of inheritance tax by writing all their belongings over to family-owned trusts anyway.
Anyone who supports abolition of the estate tax can fornicate themselves with an old rake.