The Belgian Workers’ Party, one of two communist parties in that country, has initiated a petition drive to impose a “corona tax” on the super wealthy to deal with the health and economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The introduction to the petition says that it’s not the job of the heroes of the coronavirus struggle to pay the costs. “The government wants to make the workers pay” for the costs of the crisis . . . this is unacceptable. Every evening, we applaud the caregiving personnel and the innumerable heroes who make our society work every day. And are those heroes of the coronavirus the ones who should pay for the crisis? Out of the question!”
The petition demands the institution of a wealth tax of 5% of all fortunes in Belgium worth more than 3 million euros.